In any extended long-term emergency, our currency-based economy may no longer function and may even become non-existent. If that happens, you’ll not only want to have everything you need to be self-sufficient, but you’ll want to consider keeping items for trade in a barter-based economy as well. You never know when you’ll need something you don’t have, and if you can trade for something they need, it’s win-win.
The following items could be essential to your survival in a barter-based economy:
Coffee is the world’s second most valuable commodity traded today, behind crude oil. You can bet that coffee will be nearly as valuable in a barter-based economy, because of its widespread consumption and addictive properties. Coffee is a temporary mood-enhancer and increases alertness, which are both extremely valuable in an emergency situation.
While we don’t suggest drinking alcohol in an emergency situation, alcohol has many survival uses. With the right know-how, it can be made into medicine and can clean wounds. It can also be used to make a weapon or start fires if absolutely necessary.
Livestock or Game
In an emergency situation, many people will be without access to fresh food, especially meat. If you can raise or hunt your own protein, finding trading partners will be easy.
Fresh Produce, Seeds and Seedlings
Fruits and vegetables will be another commodity in short supply in an emergency situation. Your crops will be especially valuable if you are growing produce rich in nutrients like vitamin C that can prevent deadly diseases like scurvy.
Medicine and Vitamins
If you can find a supplier or an understanding doctor to obtain antibiotics or painkillers, these items can be extremely valuable in an emergency. Vitamins will also become valuable if fresh food becomes scarce.
Tools are a great barter item, especially if your trading partner also has a tool you need. You can swap and both contribute to each other’s self-reliance.
Special Skills and Homemade Items
If you know how to sew and make clothes, you fill a huge, necessary void that will be created if large-scale manufacturing ceases. Similarly, the ability to make soap is a crucial skill and item to have in a barter-based economy. But virtually any skill or homemade item can be used to barter if it is unique or very high in demand.
What are your favorite items to keep on hand for a barter-based economy? Let us know in the comments section below!