I usually avoid Target’s Dollar Spot like the plague, since it is mostly complete garbage that would not last past a single use. During the summer, however, they sometimes get some halfway decent stuff meant for the outdoors. This year they have mostly crap, yet again, but a couple of useful nuggets are there if you look hard enough. Avoid the compass/whistle/match case/flashlight/knife/first aid kit/trekking pole/radio combo, the camping first aid kit, and most of the other stuff they have. The splinter kit and emergency blanket are at least worth $1 each though.

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The emergency blanket is pretty self-explanatory, and $1 is a good price for one. Buy several since they are not exactly reusable, and have a ton of different uses. They can be used for their primary purpose, or as a rain shelter, hammock insulation, reflective surface for signaling, etc.

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The splinter kit is slightly more deceptive. At first glance, it is crap, thanks to the generic first aid supplies and flimsy bag. I understand the inclusion of the safety pin in there, but it is still a little funny to see one in a splinter kit. The real value in there is the set of tweezers. They come in a nice little plastic capsule that could be reused for pills or other small objects. The tweezers themselves are made from a single piece of steel bent in half. I was able to successfully pick up stuff with them, so I can authoritatively say that they work. The tweezers are not as nice as the ones that you will find at County Comm or similar stores, but they are great for a trail kit.

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