In the event that there is some type of cataclysmic situation that reduces society and the economy back to the stone ages (or close to it) – bartering will become a common method of commerce. With that in mind – I have been putting some additional items in my preps with “barter” in mind.
Here is a list of worthy additions to a “barter list”:
- Bottled water
- Food of any kind – especially those in cans/jars in small quantities
- First aid kits
- Tooth brush
- Water containers
- Water filters or any kind
- Mess kits/cookware
- Tools of any kind – especially those most common (hammers, saws, hand drills, screwdrivers, etc.)
- Nails and screws
- Toilet paper
- Aluminum foil
- Fishing line and hooks/lures
- Bug spray/insect repellent
- Duct tape
- First aid kits & supplies
- Knives & sharpening stones/supplies
- Ammunition (be careful with this one)
- Razors for shaving
- Clothing of any kind – especially socks/underwear
- Work gloves
- Coffee/Tea/Flavored drink mixes
- SPAM – I know its in the food category – but I feel like it deserves to be mentioned separately – great barter item
- Gardening tools
- Canning jars and supplies
- Fire starting supplies – including fire-steels, magnesium, etc.
Something else to consider – bartering does not always have to involve some-“thing”. In many cases skills can be bartered as well. If you know how to get a garden going and another person can repair a roof – just do a swap and work things out. Maybe someone has some fuel that they will give you if you can fix their vehicle. After TSHTF the bartering of materials and skills may very well become the only method of commerce – as money will be worthless.
In the above list I mention ammunition and state to be careful with this one. Reason being is those seeking ammunition may trade for it – with the idea of using it to take the rest of your supplies. Not a good scenario.
Setting a tote or two to the side and filling with items for barter may be a worthy use of resources. If nothing happens – you still have these supplies for use yourself.
Have I left anything off the list?