Bartering: 7 Items You’ll Need

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In a post-collapse world, traditional forms of currency may be obsolete, and goods and services could very well become the new “cash.” This form of trade, known as bartering, was humanity’s first form of commerce, and it might just make a comeback if a major disaster strikes. But what makes good barter material, and how should you prepare? Here are seven items that would be valuable in a post-collapse world, and why you should consider stashing them away.

1. Salt

Salt isn’t just for seasoning your food. It’s also an essential nutrient that our bodies need to function properly. Salt also has a multitude of other uses, from preserving food to cleaning and even medical uses. Plus, it’s cheap and easy to store in bulk, making it a prime candidate for a bartering item.

2. Seeds

In a post-collapse world, the ability to grow your own food is going to be a major advantage. A diverse selection of heirloom, non-GMO seeds would be a highly sought-after commodity. Not only do they provide a source of sustenance, but they also represent hope and the potential for self-sustainability.

3. Alcohol

No, not just for drowning sorrows, although it could certainly serve that purpose. Alcohol, particularly hard spirits, can be used as a disinfectant, a solvent, a fuel source, and of course, a morale booster. Mini bottles, like the ones you find in hotel minibars or on airplanes, could be an especially good bartering item.

4. Basic Medical Supplies

Bandages, antiseptics, over-the-counter medications, prescription medications if you have them – these will all be in high demand in a post-collapse world. Keeping a well-stocked first aid kit not only ensures that you’re prepared for any medical emergencies, but also provides you with a variety of items to barter.

5. Soap and Hygiene Products

Cleanliness is not just a matter of comfort, but also of health. Soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products – these are all things that people will need and want. They’re also items that people might overlook when preparing for a disaster, which could increase their value as barter items.

6. Batteries and Solar Chargers

Power will be a precious commodity in a post-collapse world. Batteries, especially rechargeable ones, and solar chargers could be a lifeline in a world without a reliable electricity grid. These items can power essential devices like flashlights, radios, and even medical equipment.

7. Skills

This might be the most valuable barter item of all. If you have a useful skill, like medical knowledge, mechanical aptitude, or the ability to grow food, you have something to trade. In a post-collapse world, knowledge could be just as valuable, if not more so, than physical goods.

Building a Network

Bartering is as much about building relationships as it is about exchanging goods. Remember, in a post-collapse world, your neighbors aren’t just your competition for resources – they’re also your potential allies.

Building a strong, cooperative community will be key to surviving and thriving in a new, post-collapse world. One such community is American Contingency, a network of people working together to build skills to persevere through difficult times. Join us at


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