The Top 50 Items You Need to Have in Order to Barter

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Today it’s all about the items you need to have in order to barter. It’s never a bad idea to have a stockpile of all kinds of items that may serve as a need after SHTF. Even if you have too much of something, someone else may need it.

This will give your family a bartering chip that can get you other things that you may need. Take a look at the top 50 items you need to have in order to barter.

50 Items You Need to Have in Order to Barter

Have you ever wanted to be prepared in case of an emergency? Bartering is one way to be prepared. In order to barter, you will need to have the right items. And not just any items, the right bartering items.

1. Gold and Silver

Money at this point will be worthless. Thankfully, gold and silver never will be. While it might not hold much worth to you at the time, having it will be a huge bargaining chip. 

2. Fuel 

Fuel such as gasoline, propane and camping fuel will be important to have for warmth, running an automobile, and for cooking. 

3. Firearms/Ammunition

Having firearms and ammunition for protection will be at the top of everyone’s list when people begin going crazy. 

4. Pain Medication

Imagine not having basic pain medication to deal with a simple headache. People that are dependent on it will be willing to barter away just about anything to get their hands on it. 

5. Bandaids/First Aid

Families with children know that it’s an end of the world scenario if there’s not a bandaid to cover up a child’s “boo-boo.” 

6. Food

In a matter of hours, heading to the store for food will prove worthless and even dangerous. Stockpile food that has an expiration date of more than a year. 

7. Coffee/Pop

Everyone dependent on these two items will trade just about anything to have caffeine for a quick pick-me-up. 

8. Cigarettes 

People that are dependent on cigarettes might act a little crazy and willing to give up anything just to have them. 

9. Alcohol 

Alcohol can be used not only for forgetting about your troubles, but helps with pain and can be used for fuel. People that have a dependency on it will go crazy without it. 

10. Spices

Spices not only make food taste better, but also can help preserve it as well. 

11. Chickens 

Having a backyard filled with chickens can provide your family with eggs for protein. 

12. Clothing

It won’t be long before people’s clothing wears out from wearing them every day. Having extra to barter is a smart idea.  

13. Blankets/Sleeping Bags

Keeping warm at night will be important. Blankets and sleeping bags will be a huge need for people to be comfortable while they sleep. 

14. Garbage Bags

Garbage bags provide ways of remaining sanitary, but also serve as a rain cover and storing other important things. 

15. Feminine Hygiene Products

Having a stockpile of feminine hygiene products will have women exchanging all types of valuables for them to be able to get their hands on these products. 

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Many people will not be getting their vitamins in their limited food intake. Vitamins will get you the minerals you need. 

17. Water

Having fresh water will be the most important thing for families, and essential to survive after only a couple of days. 

18. MouthWash 

Stinky breath will be wreaking havoc even after a catastrophe. It will also help get rid of the bacteria in everyone’s mouth. 

19. Lighters and Matches 

Lighters and matches are great for not only setting a fire, but for lighting that cigarette. 

20. Water Filters 

Water filters are great for keeping metals and other minerals that you don’t want in your drinking water. 

21. Tools 

Tools such as a multitool will be important to help perform certain tasks necessary for survival. 

22. Dental Health Items

Toothbrushes and toothpaste can still keep people’s teeth clean, even when they can’t head to the dentist. 

23. Baby Supplies

Diapers, baby wipes, and baby formula will be imperative for families to keep their baby healthy. 

24. Laundry Detergent 

Many people will still care about keeping their clothing as clean as possible. 

25. Hand Sanitizer

Keeping your hands sanitized will keep the germs and bacteria away. 

26. Solar Showers

Taking a shower or bath to stay clean will become next to impossible. Every family will be willing to barter for solar showers. 

27. Toilet Paper

Not having to use leaves or magazine paper to wipe your behind makes toilet paper an essential for everyday living. You may want to think about.

28. Bleach

Bleach can help make undrinkable water drinkable and also good for cleaning. Even bleach tablets are awesome.

29. Duct Tape

As most people know, duct tape serves many purposes. Stopping a leak, fixing clothing, and holding things together for constructing something are just a few uses of duct tape you may want to think about.

30. Tarp

How do you plan on building a shelter to keep out the elements? A tarp will create the perfect tent for a family. 

31. Rope/Bungee Cords

Rope and bungee cords can help with building a shelter,  climbing, and many other purposes.  

32. Batteries

Batteries are another biggie. Keeping electronics and entertainment running will be a huge survival tool. 

33. Flashlights

You’ll want to stockpile flashlights. It’s a great bartering item. Many people will be needing them when they’re left in the dark. Solar Flashlights will be more valuable due to the shortage of batteries available.

34. Candles

Although not the first light choice, candles will be good to have on hand to help light up an area. 

35. Sun Block 

People will be spending more time out in the sun scavenging around. Sunblock will prove important to keep families from getting fried from direct sunlight. 

36. Aloe

Aloe will be important for healthy skin and a healing and cooling agent from sunburns or insect bites and stings. 

37. Cooking Oil 

Cooking oil will be important for basic cooking. Coconut oil has a little bit longer shelf life, and shortening in a can does too.

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38. Flour

Not having flour can take away a ton of meal options from your neighbor. All flour will be hard to come by and be worth a lot. If you can grind wheat you will be a superstar.

39. Honey

Honey can last forever and is a great substitute for sugar. Please remember it can crystallize, so store your honey in pint and quart mason jars. If it does crystallize you can set the jars outside in the sun and it will soften.

40. Fishing/Hunting Supplies

Having fishing gear and hunting equipment could be the difference between having your next meal and not. 

41. Snacks 

People will be begging for their favorite snacks after a crisis. You never know what people will be willing to give up for that box of Cracker Jacks. 

42. Apple Cider Vinegar 

Apple cider vinegar is great for cleaning, and even good for your health. Drinking it can also help you feel fuller while eating smaller amounts of food. 

43. Cups 

People don’t want to cup their hands to drink water, so paper or plastic cups are still going to be a basic need. You can’t afford to let any water fall to the ground. 

44. AM/FM Radio

Communication is key after a crisis. Knowing what is going on in the outside world could be key to others and your survival. 

45. Generator 

Generators will be hard to come by after an emergency and can provide electricity for a select few. 

46. Pepper Spray 

Pepper spray for self-defense will be high on everyone’s list of items to have. 

47. Skills

Whatever skills you might learn now, can be a huge trade when people don’t have the basic survival, carpentry, or hunting skills that you do.  

48. Seeds

People are going to turn to a garden as a source of food. Seeds will be invaluable for a way to get your produce. 

49. Condoms

Even when things become hairy, people are still going to be in need of these. Especially if they don’t want to bring children into the hellish world that you’ll be living in. 

50. Chocolate

Chocolate may not be a necessity, but it can be an item to bring back a little normalcy in your life. There might be a chocolate-lover or two out there that will be willing to barter something valuable to you for just a small bite of heaven.  

Other Trade Items You Might Need in a Post Collapse World

  • Easy to store dried food
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Precious metal items for barter
  • Reading glasses will be in high demand
  • Soap
  • Detergent

Final Word

These are 50 items you need to have in order to barter before disaster strikes or post SHTF. If you’re a prepper, what other items will be just as valuable, that might not have made it to this list? Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda

16 thoughts on “The Top 50 Items You Need to Have in Order to Barter

  • October 30, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Add to this list for a free shower. We have done this and it works fine. Paint the outside of a gallon or even a larger vessel, black. Punch holes in the cap and fill with water. Replace cap and set in sun. Wet yourself all over and using a washcloth, and a little soap scrub your body. Then, rinse with the rest of the water. I suggest a separate jug for washing and rinsing hair. We did this for 3 months so I know it works.

    • October 30, 2019 at 9:08 am

      Hi Diane, oh my gosh, three months???? Great tip on making our own shower, I love it!! Did you survive a power outage, fire, flood, hurricane or whatever, please tell me more if you can? Linda

      • October 30, 2019 at 9:39 am

        It was during the 3 months of summer sun is when it worked best. No survival. We moved onto our property with no running water or electricity. We do have a creek so there was water. This went on while we cleared part of the land so we could get power to the sort of cabin we built a room to sleep in then added to it before winter came but really, just something to be in until house was built. The land had been logged before we bought it and actually raped as they left huge stumps either in the ground or halfway pulled out, everywhere as well as in the creek. Sad too because they must have been beautiful huge trees of Spruce, Pine, Cedar, Fir and many more. It’s 40 years later now.

        • October 30, 2019 at 9:51 am

          Hi Diane, oh I love your comment. I love hearing how you prepped your land to live on it. I bet those trees were beautiful before they were logged. You have a dream, and a plan, and you lived it! This is so awesome to hear about! Thanks for sharing! Linda

          • October 30, 2019 at 10:29 am

            Thank you for your kind comments. Yes. I wish those trees were still here because the stumps that were still in the ground were 3′ and more in diameter. Saddens me that whoever cut them did it. I have to say, I loved it in those days and so did the people we knew as we would have to get rid of the stumps every which way including big bonfires to burn them. This was wonderful because we had several mattresses we would put around the big pile and after all afternoon and evening visiting we would light the fire and frankly, many people stayed on those mattresses over night because it was beautiful, warm and fun with all the gabbing, storytelling and laughing that went on. We had more people out here then than want to come out now that there is a normal house and no bonfires etc. People just like to rough it once in a while and then, go back to their nice homes. Me, OK, the house is nice but, I miss all those days. After my hubby was gone I spent 20 years roughing it myself. That included growing my food, canning, freezing and drying it. Also, splitting and stacking 10-12 cords of wood myself. I was young, strong and didn’t mind even having to dig a ditch in the 3’+ snow to get to the neighbors road where he got plowed and someone could pick me up to go to town to shop or??. My drive is 1/8th mile to his road. I am the last one on the long dirt road. In Spring, Summer and Fall I also managed the Farmers Market where I also sold my veggies, fruits, crafts and canned, pickled goods. I pickled everything and anything. I guess you can figure out that I didn’t sleep a lot but, I slept well. My friends fell by the wayside because I had to survive and survive I did. I love what you are doing and I have put the word out about you on Facebook as I send to the public, not just friends. Thank you.

          • October 30, 2019 at 11:38 am

            Diane, oh my gosh, I love hearing how you have survived. I agree with you that people used to love to gab and gab we did. Nowadays, I sometimes feel like people use social media for a social life. That doesn’t work for me. I’m a people person. I do love to interact with readers on my FB Group for sure. We can all learn from each other. The thing I miss is what you talked about, the bonfires, the mattress story, etc. I really wish I had more land, but it’s not feasible right now with the economy and all. I have enough land to produce food for Mark and I but I want a tad more. It’s so fun to picture you even though I have only met you on my website selling your good at the Farmers Market. That is sooooo awesome! I bet you never slept, is right. You had to survive and survive you did. I only wish we had been neighbors. Hugs from Utah, Linda

        • November 11, 2019 at 10:20 am

          Hi Linda, I wanted to embellish on the hot water story. Eventually, we built a small cabin for our bedroom with a porch. The bed had enough room to walk all around 3 sides. The porch held two easy chairs where we could sit out with our feet up and just enjoy nature. On the side of the cabin we put an old, freestanding 2 compartment restaurant sink which we ran a black pipe to from the top of the creek and along the top of the ground. The day’s sun heated that water so hot you had to add some cold from the creek to cool it for use. It was heaven to be able to not heat water to do dishes and shower etc. The creek wasn’t very but with 75′ of 2″ black pipe it raced to the sink. The faucet, of course is how we turned it on and off. I was thinking if any of your readers, or you have a creek that runs even a little and one end is higher that, this would work for them and you.
          Getting back to the sink.. We used it in that little place that we added onto before winter. Then, used it in another building after that place was no longer good and I still have it in my daylight basement in my canning kitchen downstairs.
          I still wish I could send you photos as I don’t think things said give enough credence to the actual things and the actual story. I pray you get all you want. Just keep working toward it. Now, I am no longer working hard to survive. Just enjoying life on this property with so very many memories and enjoying nature and the animals. Love to you and yours. And, hugs as well.

          • November 11, 2019 at 12:44 pm

            Hi Diane, I can actually picture it through your comment. It brings me so much joy to read stories like this. I’m probably the rare blogger that reads and answers all my emails and comments myself. Life is so good to hear from people like you! Love and hugs from Utah, Linda

  • October 30, 2019 at 8:37 am

    I’m glad to see you left alcohol off the list. I worked in my sister’s bar long enough to see that alcohol did NOT enhance people’s ability to make wise decisions. yet so many lists of this type include it. I’m also not too keen on putting firearms & ammo in the hands of people who were not wise enough to have them ahead of time. Seems it would be too easy for them to use against you to take the rest of what they want. There will be no easy decisions I suppose. Thanks Linda.

    • October 30, 2019 at 9:10 am

      Hi Linda, you are so right, there will be no easy decisions. I’m not keen on people giving their ammo or weapons to anyone either. Life can change in an instant, that’s for sure. Linda

    • October 30, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      I remember a German born co-worker, a kid during WW2, remembering her mother saying she’d give anything for a cup of cooking oil.

      • October 30, 2019 at 12:39 pm

        Hi Bob, oh my gosh, that’s so true!! We all need cooking oil for so many things. Great comment. Linda

    • October 30, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      See #9. But then there is rubbing alcohol and that is good for fuel, bumps (ouch), and nearly sterilizing as well as cleaning surfaces. Hydrogen Peroxide too!

  • October 30, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    I love your list ,but, I would never barter away guns and ammunition or any other weapon. You can never be sure the people you gave them to won’t come back and use those weapons against you. Nor would I barter liquor. (I do have some liquor in stock for making extracts and for emergencies). I have several extra can openers . Hand warmers come in handy during the winter months. I have travel size tooth brushes and tooth paste,wet wipes, disposable razors,deodorant and other items to barter with.I could also barter baked goods and instant coffee. I store rechargeable AA ,AAA, C and D size batteries. I make fire starters with toilet paper tubes and dryer lint. (these work great in my wood stove). Various spices to flavor beans and rice. There are so many things that can used for barter. Thank you for all you do. God Bless

    • October 30, 2019 at 4:07 pm

      Hi Judy, I love your ideas! It’s so funny because when I write a post, it makes us aware of other things. Oh, my goodness can you imagine how many people would love some toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, etc.??? It’s funny you would talk about bartering baked goods, I’m counting on selling my whole what bread BIG TIME. I have everything I can make it with, and so cheap. Even if I run out of yeast I know how to make natural yeast out of freshly ground whole wheat flour. We can do this, I know it! Linda


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