plastic picnic fork knife and spoon
Carrying cutlery around with you when you travel can be handy.

9 Essential Travel Items You Can Get From the Dollar Store

Plastic Picnic Fork, Knife and Spoon

Among the dollar store travel items you may not have thought of are forks, knives and spoons. Look for a plastic cutlery set at the dollar store — the type that is sturdier than your typical disposable cutlery. Carrying cutlery around with you when you travel can be handy.

Sometimes you want to be able to grab something at a market or store to eat on the go and you might not have anything to eat it with. Or, you might be traveling in Asian countries but haven’t quite gotten the hang of chopsticks yet.

Also, sometimes hostel kitchens are lacking in cutlery that isn’t old, bent or grimy.

small pack of laundry detergentA mini portable pack of clothes suds will save you a lot of money because you won’t have to pay to get your clothes laundered.Photo Credit: iStockPhoto.com / PhanuwatNandee

Small Pack of Laundry Detergent

If you see a small sized pack of laundry detergent at the dollar store, pick it up. A mini portable pack of clothes suds will save you a lot of money because you won’t have to pay to get your clothes laundered.

At the end of every day, hand wash that day’s outfit in the sink and hang it up to dry. This works great in hot climates, as the sun will dry your clothes quickly.

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power bar and extension cordBringing a small extension cord and power bar means you can plug it in and then place the power bar in a convenient location in the middle of the room or next to the bed.Photo Credit: iStockPhoto.com / artisteer

Power Bar and Extension Cord

Sometimes you get to a hotel room and find that the only plug socket for your electronics is in a really awkward position. Bringing a small extension cord and power bar means you can plug it in and then place the power bar in a convenient location in the middle of the room or next to the bed.

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