When I think of bartering supplies my mind automatically goes to a SHTF scenario. There are a lot of lists out there for such scenes, but ultimately what you choose to barter is up to you. Many people stock things like silver, gold, cigarettes or alcohol or coffee. While these can be great items, they are also expensive.
I will admit, stocking up on cigarettes, coffee and alcohol do go against my health and religious beliefs, but it doesn’t stop me from storing it. I would much rather barter an item that I will never use or need, than to barter precious items I do need. In the end, what you decide to spend money on is your choice.
Below is a list of items I feel would make good barter items if, and only if, I have enough extra to get a way with it.
- Salt: We store a LOT of salt. It has multiple purposes and back in the day people actually used salt as currency because it was considered such a high trade value and hard to find. Salt can/was used to preserve food and it helps to eliminate the season availability of certain foods and allowed long distance travel. To read about the many uses of salt, click here.
- Toilet paper: Take the cardboard out and put them in a large vacuum sealed bag storage bag.
- Kitty litter or dehydrated lime for sanitation or easy clean up of human waste in buckets.
- Feminine supplies
- Flu/Cold Medicine
- Allergy Medicine
- Antibiotics/ Pain killers / fever reducer
- Bar Soap
- First aid bandages
- Hydrogen peroxide (You could trade this by the cup or half cup.) I encourage you to read this article on the uses of Hydrogen peroxide so you will understand the benefits of storing this item.
- Powdered milk (One can of powdered milk cost approx $20 and makes 20 Quarts. This means I could trade a whole quart of milk and it’d only have cost me a dollar.)
We store small bottles of alcohol for trade. We also have bigger bottles for refills if they want to bring it back for more. 😉
- Coffee: We vacuum seal coffee in smaller portions with 1-2 coffee filters in each bag of coffee. We also have 2 percolators to prepare the coffee if the person has no way to do so.
- Cigarettes: We do not store these but many people use them as barter items.
- Pipe Tobacco: Vacuum seal it to keep it fresh longer
- Ramon Noodles: Very cheap and if someone is hungry then this would be good trade value.
- Beans: We stock the 15 bean soup because it comes with a spice packet in the soup. You could trade these by the bag or by the cup depending on the size family they have or if it’s an individual.
- Coats/Warm Clothing: We purchase used coats at goodwill and thrift stores. All different sizes but especially kids coats. These can be stored in large vacuum sealed storage bags and hardly take up any room.
- Small candles (or wax , wicks and wick tabs for making candles.)
- Chickens: Chickens produce meat and eggs, both of which people will want.
- Fly tape/mouse traps
- Baby supplies: Wipes, creams, ointments, Ora-gel, diapers, formula
- Information on growing food or slaughtering animals. You could print off some easy instructions and place them in binders.
- Fish hooks, weights, fishing line, bait
- Glow sticks
- Laundry soap powder
- Measuring spoons
These are just a few ideas to help you get started. Notice, I did not put silver or gold on the list. While this is a great item to have, I believe that if we are in a grid down situation, not many people are going to barter for something they can not eat or use to stay alive. Please don’t misunderstand me, it is alright to have these items for yourself, but for bartering, I just don’t feel it will be helpful in that area.
Please feel free to add your thoughts, ideas or more items to the comment section. 🙂
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