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Top 10 Barter Items Every Prepper Should Have (Video)

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(N.Morgan) When considering prepping and preparing for disasters, economic collapse or civil unrest, one must also think about how they will purchase or obtain the different items they may need.

Bartering is one way to ensure you will have all of your needs met, should a crisis occur.

Some items will be more valuable than money and in the inforgraphic below, there are 10 examples of what the most sought after items may be.

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When you are stockpiling items and supplies while preparing a survival kit, be sure to include extras of these which you can use to trade and barter with others.

Let this short list open your mind to the possibilities.

Food – spices – coffee and tea – chocolate – people must eat, and will crave luxuries
Water Filters – clean water is a key component of healthy survival
Ammunition and firearms, other weapons
First Aid supplies and medicines, especially antibiotics
Toilet paper, tissues, feminine napkins
Candles – matches – lighters
Batteries – all types and sizes
Hand tools for building and repair
Propane fuel
Alcohol – Cigarettes
Books – resource/DIY books – fiction books – blank journals & ledgers


We all may face a situation where either we have no money or money has been rendered useless.

Bartering can help to keep you and your family well cared for during adversity. 

Bartering is a vital skill that can mean the difference between life or death.





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    • Klemens

      Long Term Wilderness Bug Out Bag

    • Guntherian

      hohohooo, myself, being a marauder, of the hateful type, looove these articles, its like looking at a shopping list, and all preppers are prey cause they prep to save theselves, its very handy for me, cause ive seen all these prepper fellers, all nice town people, no scars, never been to jail even once for fun, ooooweeee, all them lil kiddys an grannys who could not prep, will be very glad to see me returning back with all kinds of supplies for them, because, those who seek to save their lives, will lose them, and those who seek to lose their lives, shall save them, hmmm, so, have fun prepping hey, dont forget luxury items like cigarettes, never know, might save your life.

      • Soothsayer

        Am ready for people like you. I have bullets to barter with. One at a time….. :lol:

    • Dave 1963

      You might ad booze and tobacco to your list. I also notice you left off seeds. Pot will probably be pretty valuable too. It’s been used as medicine for about 5,000 years now.

      • N. Morgan

        Dave, alcohol and smokes are on the list.

        However, the pot is a good idea and one I didn’t consider.

        I figure everyone will probably begin to grow their own, when crisis strikes.

        Pinky, yuck.. please use TP.. :neutral:

        You don’t want itchy bum, do you??? :lol:

        • Pink Slime

          Hey, Charlie is over there sweetie (prelim)!

          I cannot believe you recommend POT. You need all senses ALIVE and ALERT when the SHTF! Unless you plan on taking their stuff to make it easier. You want toilet paper for that “burn” too much!

          I assume you have not used toilet paper? Is that what happens?

          I can tell sissies when the first thing they recommend is toilet paper as a “to-do” item. Real men don’t worry about it. WEAPONS, AMMO, FOOD, ARMOR, TACTICS are usually what real men thing of and how a separate the men from the boys.

          The guy that said a barter item is TP will be flushed from my team. :lol:

        • N. Morgan

          Pinky, some people utilize marijuana for medicinal purposes..

          Without it, they are too sick to defend themselves..

          It wasn’t a recommendation, merely an opinion of how I think people will handle obtaining their medicine in crisis.

    • Pink Slime

      Hello Angle#3(prelim),

      Charlie here. Nice barter items but real men don’t think about toilet paper. It’s the last thing on their mind. :lol:

      You need lots of items, so much it’s hard to categorize. So I tell my employees think of EVERY CONVENIENCE or CONVENIENCE ITEM and that is what you should start getting and stocking up on. For Charlie that would be doughnuts.


      Charlie (who is into the singularity of doughnuts)

    • arkansascajun

      while this article might seem to be accurate this is a list of trade goods i have gleaned from reports spanning the american civil war to bosnia. these are the COMMON goods that appeared in ALL reports. not a complete list of all trade goods. the main one, across the board is


      sewing needle kits

    • Big dog.../small fish...

      WELCOME TO THE 1800s!!

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