Note from PJ: This article is a guest contribution and while brief does touch on a good topic. Lots of opinions floating out there about what to stockpile for bartering, or if one should even attempt to barter at all after something like SHTF. Read the article and then post comments / opinions below. Thanks!
As a student of life you probably already have a basic idea of the barter system. If you are getting ready for its advent in the near future, you need to start stocking up as soon as you can. The items you stockpile have to actually be useful for bartering with. Before you go out and buy gold by the truckload, stop and think.
What do you need?
Ask yourself what exactly you are looking for in a barter trade. If your plan is to trade something you have for something you don’t, it would be easier to simply get the item you won’t have right now, wouldn’t it? Well, this is true but it simply can’t be done for everything. You would have to have a pretty massive space (preferably underground) if you wanted to store all the items you think you would need when the collapse of the economy occurs.
5 Necessary Items
There are some items that are extremely valuable when it comes to bartering, such as guns and ammunition. In a world without law and order, you are going to have to be able to defend yourself after all. While the 5 items listed below probably won’t get you weapons or ammunition, they are going to help you immensely in the fight for survival that is soon to come. All you have to do is make sure you store these for a “rainy day”.
1 – Food: This is one of the hardest to get out in the untamed world. There will be people who don’t have enough food to survive. Of course, some decent folk will probably give up their food to help a family in need. For the most part though people will be trading out their essentials in exchange for food. If you are lucky enough, you could probably get a weapon in exchange for a big portion of your food supply.
2 – Water: Potable water is one of the most important things in a post-apocalyptic world. Diseases are the biggest risk factor after a natural disaster occurs and there isn’t enough healthcare to go around. The water supply quickly becomes contaminated, especially if a factory nearby collapses and starts leaking waste into the nearby rivers. Thankfully, you can stock up on water filters to clean the water supply for you. Trading these can be the difference between life and death for a lot of people.
3 – Ammunition: This is more expensive than gold in a new world without currency. Ammo is going to be at a premium soon enough, as people struggle to stay alive and defend themselves. For every community of decent, peaceful people, there are bound to be bands of criminals, murderers, rapists and thieves roaming around.
4 – Antibiotics: Medication is going to be one of the hardest things to stockpile. You are going to have to steal the better painkillers from a hospital if you really need them at the time. For now, try buying over the counter antibiotics and painkillers for the bad injuries.
5 – Candles: These are going to be far more valuable than you think. The power grid is going to go down. There isn’t going to be electricity. People are going to need candles instead. If you can figure out how to make them, you are going to be wealthy.
There are tons of other items you can stockpile. However, think about priorities and get the essentials first. These are bound to be the most valuable.