Barter Goods

Below is a list of barter goods considered by experts in the survival preparedness world to be vital for a barter currency in a post-long-term disaster world. Remember, as valuable as goods are, skills will also be very valuable; learn to barber, make soap, about herbal medicine, etc.

Health

  • Alcohol (isopropyl/rubbing)
  • Bandaids (all sizes)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Super glue (clear bandage)
  • OTC medicines
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • First aid kits

Farming

  • Goats
  • Chickens
  • Garden tools
  • Horses
  • Cattle
  • Rabbits
  • Pigs

Beauty

  • Combs
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Feminine products
  • Nail clippers
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Razors
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Lip balm

Clothing

  • Cloth diapers
  • Baby clothes
  • Flip-flops
  • Needles (cloth/leather/canvas)
  • Yarn and thread
  • Knitting needles/crochet hooks
  • Shoes and laces
  • Socks and underwear
  • Winter coats and rain gear
  • Boots
  • Gloves (work/garden/winter)

Food Barter Goods

  • Candy
  • Canned and Dried Food
  • Canning jars, lids, wax
  • Coffee filters (for water filters)
  • Coffee or tea
  • Cooking Oil
  • Drink flavors
  • Eating & Cooking utensils
  • Salt, spices
  • Sugar
  • Vegetable seeds (heirloom)

Books/Learning

  • Novels (entertainment)
  • Food prep and storage
  • Gardening
  • Old Time Skills
  • Bibles or other religious texts
  • Medical and remedies
  • Edible and medicinal wild plants
  • First aid
  • Animal husbandry
  • Music/Songbooks
  • Homeschooling books/lessons

Hunting/Food Gathering

  • Guns
  • Ammo (esp. 22lr and 12g)
  • Bows and arrows
  • Bug repellent
  • Animal traps
  • Fishing line, hooks
  • Hunting Knives
  • Snare wire
  • Fillet Knives
  • Hatchets/axes
  • Canteens
  • Binoculars/scopes

Miscellaneous

  • Magnifying glasses
  • Mirrors
  • Nails and screws
  • Non-electric hand-tools
  • Pencils and sharpeners
  • Paper
  • Playing cards or dice for games
  • Liquor
  • Simple water filters
  • Toilet paper
  • Eye glass repair kits
  • Gold and silver

Household Items

  • Aluminum foil
  • Batteries (rechargeable)
  • Solar battery chargers
  • Bleach
  • Candles
  • Rope, string, cordage
  • Duct tape
  • Glue (all kinds)
  • Rubberbands
  • Safety Pins
  • Scissors


  • Silicon spray
  • Soap
  • Storage buckets w/lids
  • Tarps/plastic sheeting
  • Utility knives
  • Windup radio
  • Windup (cranking) flashlights
  • Small metal pots or bowls
  • Matches
  • Flint & steel
  • Zip lock baggies
  • Clothes pins (single-piece)

wholesale savings

Look around your home for items that you would be lost without if you could no longer make a quick trip to the corner store to buy more. Those items should then be added to your barter goods list. While it is not necessary to have everything on this list, there may be a few items that you are able to get at a really good price and be able to store for future barter.

In fact, if room is at a premium, why not pick up a storage tote and then start saving your barter goods in there. For instance, if you come upon a clearance sale on packets of needles for 50¢ a pack, then grab a handful to toss in your Trade Goods Tote.
















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