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.
Fuel such as gasoline, propane and camping fuel will be important to have for warmth, running an automobile, and for cooking.
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.”
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.
Everyone dependent on these two items will trade just about anything to have caffeine for a quick pick-me-up.
People that are dependent on cigarettes might act a little crazy and willing to give up anything just to have them.
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.
Spices not only make food taste better, but also can help preserve it as well.
Having a backyard filled with chickens can provide your family with eggs for protein.
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.
Many people will not be getting their vitamins in their limited food intake. Vitamins will get you the minerals you need.
Having fresh water will be the most important thing for families, and essential to survive after only a couple of days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Batteries are another biggie. Keeping electronics and entertainment running will be a huge survival tool.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
People are going to turn to a garden as a source of food. Seeds will be invaluable for a way to get your produce.
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.
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
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