Bartering Part 1: Items to Stock

Before the development of currency, bartering was the way to get what you needed or wanted. Although many people consider the direct trade of goods a thing of the past, bartering never wholly disappeared.

For instance, many people returned to bartering during the Great Depression and other times of economic collapse. In the event SHTF, you may have to return to bartering. If you haven’t stocked up on items of value, you’re going to be in trouble.

Don’t assume this means you need to invest in gold, because this simply isn’t the case. After disaster strikes, common everyday items will become essential bargaining chips in the game of survival.

Where Do I Begin?

Food and water will always have an extreme value, regardless of your post-apocalyptic status. What are some other items you should stock up on in case the worst happens?

First aid kits and other medical items will be precious, especially to those who are desperate. Alcohol will also hold a high value, whether someone is seeking to clean a wound or simply ease the stress of living in a world that’s unfamiliar to us.

Cast iron cookware can be valuable for several reasons. For example, it lasts forever, you can cook on it, and it doubles as a weapon if needed.

Other great items to consider stocking up on include, but are not limited to:

  • Condoms
  • Hygiene products
  • Insect repellent
  • Blankets
  • Tools
  • Batteries
  • Fuel
  • Wood

Certain items are worth more than others. For that reason, it’s going to be essential to understand the “art of the deal.” Check out this handy guide to being successful at bartering to help you make your post-disaster stockpile get you the best trades possible.

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