Any survivalist that’s worth his salt has a stockpile of things he or she has identified that they may need to survive a natural or man-made disaster. However, it is extremely important that you realize the value of maintaining a barter store as well.
When things go south, particularly in an economic collapse where the dollar is nearly worthless, a number of non-monetary goods will be more valuable than a fistful of dollar bills.
It’s also important to recognize that no matter what we do we could never store enough of every item to account for every scenario for an extended period of time. What we can do however is keep some items on hand to use as bartering chips with friends and neighbors that will help to plug any unforeseen gaps in our preparations.
Imagine a neighbor with a large garden and some chickens trading half dozen eggs and some squash for a box of ammo, or a small bottle of Vodka. Who got the better end of the deal?
The truth is, they both profited by trading something that held little value to each person for something that was more valuable. Not all bartering situations will be mutually beneficial but this is the best you can hope for.
I have read many “Complete Lists” of survival and bartering items over the last few years and frankly, I am sick of most of them. The main problem with these lists is that they are just that, a list.
They spout lines of text and tell you that you need these items… But WHY do you need them? I have compiled my own list of items below and included why and how they can be used after a crisis.
Consider stocking up on these items. Even if you have no plans to use them yourself; they are inexpensive now and will be worth more than you can imagine to others later.
16 Items to Stockpile Now That Will Be Priceless Later
Antibiotics and Medicines
Sanitation and First Aid Supplies