Fun fact: The Dollar Store gives me major anxiety. We are always on a very tight budget due to raising three kids in super expensive Southern California, so I shop here often. But, it always makes me anxious.
Once I mentally prepare myself for the experience, I get to work. My list is made. I’m on a mission.
Here are several things – above and beyond the basics you might already shop for – that can help you prepare for your Disneyland trip:
Puzzles to keep kids busy while waiting in the hotel room, at parades, etc.
Glow sticks. An absolute essential for night time visits.
Nightlights in case little ones (or you) like a small light in the hotel.
Princessy stuff and small bags for kid gear.
Magic towels that expand with water. Kids love to have their own towel that’s off limits to other siblings. (Not that my children ever fight…..but I’ve heard others do.)
So many options for princess gear, including Disney produced items.
Face wipes for make up removal or just to keep cool at the parks.
A pop up hamper or large laundry bag that will keep dirty clothes all in the same place. (Rather than the floor where my children insist they go.)
Laundry detergent if you’re planning on washing clothes while you’re there. May not be your usual brand, but the sizes are smaller and it will do just fine for one or two washes.
Character themed sandwich bags make home-brought snacks seem a little more exciting. They’re good for other little things, too, like bubbles, small trinkets and more.
Suction hooks are good for hanging wet swim suits and other items in your hotel bathroom.
Ponchos – not a huge deal for Disneyland, but I always have them on hand. I’d rather buy 2/$1 than $8+ at the parks.
A bright bandana is good for tying on a stroller to quickly recognize it among the sea of strollers.
Finally, shot glasses. No explanation needed. No judgment from me, either.
In addition to this list, I also purchase:
- hand wipes
- character or kid-designed notebooks for character autographs
- bubbles and other easy-access activities
- small toys
- small sewing kit
- small nail file/clipper set
- back up sunglasses in case mine break
- hand sanitizer 3-packs
- water bottles to refill at the parks
- hard shell food containers for snacks like goldfish that crush easily
*****I highly recommend some sort of hard shell food container if you plan to bring in goldfish or other such snacks that crumble easy. Baggies don’t work for everything.
Go a week or so before your trip and stock up. I spent $38 on my last trip and walked away with SO MUCH for our visit. Success!