Top Barter Items in a Post-Collapse Society
This includes items like bandages, pain medications, antibiotics, anti-diarrhea medicines, cough medications, and syringes. Stockpiling some of these items might prove difficult, since you will likely need a prescription for antibiotics and hardcore pain meds.
I suggest you read this article on the best 9 survival antibiotics so you know which ones to buy.
Also, this article about alternatives to antibiotics tells you which antibiotics don’t require a prescription.
When SHTF, a lot of people are going to respond by getting absolutely drunk so they can disappear into oblivion. Alcohol is going to become a very valuable currency. If it seems too depressing to stockpile alcohol as a barter item, also consider the fact that alcohol has a lot of survival uses – like as a pain killer, disinfectant, fuel, and more.
Sanitary Pads and Tampons
I’m glad my wife uses a menstrual cup (you can learn about those here), so there is no need for us to stockpile bulky sanitary pads or tampons. But most ladies do use these products, and they are quickly going to disappear from supermarket shelves after the collapse. This will bring the phrase “on the rag” back to its original meaning! You can bet that women will eagerly exchange items for some sanitary pads and tampons.
I’d be careful about bartering food in a post-collapse world. If you offer to barter food, it means that you’ve got excess food – which means you are going to be a target for thieves and looters! Instead, it might be smarter to barter seeds (which you collected from your thriving survival garden).
The most in-demand food barter items are going to be the ones which aren’t easy to produce yourself. For example, sugar will be in high demand. You might want to learn how to make your own flour as this will probably be very valuable. You can even make flour from acorns!
Nails and Screws
These will be necessary for rebuilding and boarding up windows/doors which have been broken from the disaster or looting. Tip: You can probably pry nails out of abandoned structures, hammer them back into shape, and use them for bartering.
Weapons and Ammo
While these are also going to be very valuable barter items, I wouldn’t use them for bartering! Once you trade the ammo, then the person could just shoot you and take the rest of your stockpile. Keep your weapons for yourself and out of the hands of potential enemies!
This barter item doesn’t get talked about a lot. However, I am pretty sure it will be one of the most sought-after items in a post-collapse society. Why? Because I’ve got friends who work with refugees and as disaster rescue workers. They say that the thing people always need most is shoes (all of that walking/fleeing takes a toll on their shoes). Shoes are also something which you can’t really make yourself easily.
Cord and Rope
Cord is one of the most important survival items because it can be used for everything from fixing a broken shoelace to creating a survival shelter. I always keep paracord in my survival pack and have an everyday carry paracord bracelet.
Did you know that you can make rope out of dead plants? Here is a good tutorial.
In December 1942, a year after the US entered WWII, mandatory gas rationing was put into place. Most people were only allowed 3 gallons of gasoline per week. You can bet that people started selling off those gas rations for ridiculous prices!
Gasoline is already a valuable commodity, but “black gold” will take on a whole new meaning when SHTF. It isn’t exactly a smart idea to stockpile gasoline (fire hazard!). However, you can learn how to make your own biodiesel. Also, if you master alternative energies like how to make solar panels, your skills will be in hot demand and you can barter them instead.
Candles and Lighting
There are all sorts of ways to make off-grid lighting (some of which I talk about here). The average person isn’t going to know about these those and be left in the dark when the grid goes down. You could become pretty “rich” in the post-apocalypse world by learning how to make your own oil lamps from old vegetable oil and bartering them off.
17 Amazing 550 Paracord Projects Perfect For SurvivalWell I bought 200 feet of 550cord today, I think tomorrow I’ll make myself a sling. If SHTF, And my gun malfunctions, I still have a ranged weapon.
What else should I make since I have 200 feet to use?
can't believe I missed this! Thanks CWe mentioned ham radio skills. I found a great site for beginners!
Beginner’s Guide to Amateur (Ham) Radio for Preppers
Required Ham Radio Equipment