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Imagine a scenario where cash has become worthless. It could be hyperinflation, where it takes a wheelbarrow of cash to buy a loaf of bread. Or it could a devastating act of terrorism such as a bioweapon or an EMP that sets the country back 100 years. Whatever the cause, there could come a day when our money becomes useless.

And it won’t necessarily be a nationwide disaster that causes this to happen. In a local disaster such as a powerful hurricane or earthquake, the power will be out which means the banks will be closed. And if they don’t reopen, there won’t be enough cash to go around.

In any of the above scenarios, people will be forced to barter with one another until power is restored or a suitable currency emerges. In case that ever happens, it’s a good idea to have a wide assortment of barter items. That way if someone has something you need, you’re more likely to already have something they need.

Precious Metals

Although precious metals are a great thing to have as a part of your portfolio, they might not be ideal in a survival scenario. If the SHTF, most people are going to be more interested in things they can use than gold and silver. On the other hand, many people believe in the intrinsic value of precious metals. So in a survival situation, precious metals could emerge as a popular form of currency.

This is why I recommend getting some metal, but don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It’s probably best to buy silver instead of gold because even small pieces of gold are too valuable to trade for any items you would want from your neighbors. Try a site like apmex.com where you can buy a roll of 20 American Silver Eagles.

Alcohol and Tobacco

Again, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. In survival situations, nicotine addicts are going to become desperate and some of them will trade useful items just so they can smoke. And if times are tough, a lot of people will crave spirits so they can temporarily escape the reality of their situation.

However, if things are really bad, your alcohol and tobacco might be useless. In a post-apocalyptic scenario where people are starving, even nicotine addicts and alcoholics will be more interested in food. I recommend storing a few cartons of cigarettes and several bottles of alcohol, but no more. And if you have a drinking problem or are an ex-smoker, please don’t store any alcohol or tobacco. It might become too difficult to resist.

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Other Items

The point of this article is that in most survival situations, people are going to want things they can use. If you want to store up items you can trade, they need to be useful and have a great space-to-value ratio. For example, people might want shovels, but they might also want lighters, and a pack of lighters takes up a lot less space than a shovel. Lighters are also very portable, a necessity when visiting your neighbors and making deals.

Here’s a list of fairly small items that could be great for bartering during a disaster:


Allergy medicine
Aloe
Ammo
Aluminum foil
Animal traps
Antacids
Antibiotics
Anti-histamines
Antiseptics
Apple cider vinegar
Aspirin
Baby food
Baby formula
Baby wipes
Baking powder
Baking soda
Bandages
Bandanas
Bar soap
Batteries
Beans
Belts
Benadryl
Bicycle parts
Bleach
Borax
Buckets
Bug spray
Can openers
Candles
Canned food
Canned shortening
Canning jars/lids
Chap stick
Charcoal
Chocolate
Cleaning supplies
Clorox wipes
Clothes line/pins
Coffee
Coffee filters
Coleman fuel
Combs
Condiments
Condoms
Cooking oil
Corn starch
Cotton balls
Cough drops
Crayons
Crisco
Cups
Dental floss
Diapers
Dish soap
Disposable gloves
Disposable razors
Dried soup mix
Duct tape
Feminine products
Fire extinguishers
Firesteels
First aid kits
Fishing gear
Flashlights
Flour

Fly swatters
Freeze dried food
Games
Garden seeds
Gatorade mix
Gauze
Glasses repair kit
Gloves
Guns
Glow sticks
Hairbrushes
Hammers
Hand warmers
Hand sanitizer
Hard candy
Hatchets
Honey
Hydrogen peroxide
Imodium A-D
Iodine
Jelly
Jerky
Kerosene
Kleenex
Knives
Lamp oil
Laundry detergent
Lighter fluid
Lighters
Lotion
Magnifying glasses
Maps
Masks
Matches
Measuring cups/spoons
Milk, powdered
Mousetraps
Mouthwash
MREs
Multivitamins
Mylar blankets
Nail clippers
Nails
Needles/thread
Nuts and bolts
Nylon rope
Off spray
OTC Meds
Pantyhose
Paper
Paper plates
Paper towels
Paracord
Paraffin wax
Pasta
Peanut butter
Pencils
Pens
Pepper
Pepper spray
Pet food
Plastic sheeting
Plateware
Playing cards
Ponchos
Popcorn

Pots and pans
Prescription drugs
Q-tips
Rat poison
Razor blades
Reading glasses
Rechargeable batteries
Rice
Rope
Rubber bands
Rubbing alcohol
Safety pins
Saline solution
Salt
Saw
Scissors
Screw drivers
Screws
Sea salt
Sewing supplies
Shampoo/conditioner
Sharpening stones
Shaving cream
Shoe laces
Slingshots
Socks
Solar battery charger
Spaghetti sauce
Spices
Sponges
Spray bottles
Sugar
Sun block
Sunglasses
Super glue
Survival books
Syrup
Tampons
Tape
Tarps
Tea
Thermometers
Toilet paper
Tools
Tooth brushes
Tooth paste
Trash bags
Tuna fish (in oil)
Tupperware
Tweezers
Twine
Underwear
Utensils
Vaseline
Vinegar
Watches
Water bottles
Water filters
Water purification tablets
Wax paper
WD-40
Wicks
Wire
Yeast
Zip ties
Ziploc bags

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  • Papa Bear

    One item not on th Alist that can be used for barter “Ammunition”.
    I would keep enough 22 cal to barter with. It’s cheap, easy to store and many people have a 22 and will be looking for ammo. Papa Bear

  • Lala

    Awsome idea:

    “Here’s some ammo for that gun. Oh, now you’re pointing it at me and taking my stuff? Dammit!”

  • geminight

    don’t forget tampons and sanity napkne, not only are these good for first aid, but thay store indefinly if kept dry.