50 Must Have Items For Barter In An Emergency



50 Must Have Items For Barter In An Emergency


No matter what emergency situation you’re preparing for, most of them include situations where you may have to barter to have what you need. There’s no reason whatsoever to wait until SHTF to start collecting the things you’ll want to have to barter. Instead, you can prepare now, stock up on those things that you’ll need and really be prepared in case you’ll ever need it. You may disagree with some of these and you may not. Either way, it’s a good idea to think outside of the box. Check out my list of the 50 must have items for barter in an emergency.


  1. Ammo
  2. Booze
  3. Clothing in all sizes
  4. Baby Products (diapers (both cloth and disposable), wipes, diaper rash cream, formula, etc)
  5. Educational Supplies (crayons, markers, notebook paper,  drawing paper, calculators, textbooks, etc)
  6. Duck Tape
  7. Food (beans, rice, baking supplies, seasonings, etc)
  8. Tobacco
  9. Personal Care products (antibacterial soap, shampoo, deodorant, soap, razors, etc)
  10. Sewing Supplies
  11. Laundry Soap
  12. Toilet Paper
  13. Paracord (550 cord)
  14. Bleach, Lysol and other disinfecting supplies
  15. Cast Iron Cookware
  16. Water
  17. Hurricane Lamps, Oil and Wicks
  18. Candles and candle-making supplies
  19. Over the Counter Medicines/First Aid supplies (pain relief, antibiotic cream, bandages, etc)
  20. Feminine Hygiene products (pads, tampons, menstrual cups (new of course))
  21. Condoms
  22. Single Razor Blades
  23. Plastic Sheets (for use with things like covering windows to keep cold out)
  24. Nails, bolts, nuts
  25. Hand tools
  26. Shoes/work boots
  27. Sunblock
  28. Lotions (for relieving dry skin) and Chapstick
  29. Firestarters
  30. gasoline/fuel oil
  31. Dental Floss (besides the obvious, it doubles as thread for clothing, etc)
  32. Crisco (can be used to make survival candles)
  33. Flashlights
  34. Batteries in all sizes
  35. Solar Chargers for electronics
  36. Matches/Lighters/Lighter Fluid
  37. Sleeping bags/mats
  38. tents or canopies
  39. Wind Up Watches
  40. Entertainment items (cards, board games, books, etc)
  41. Poncho/rain protection gear
  42. Weapons of all kinds
  43. Livestock (of course this is on here…did you think I forgot? ;) )
  44. Food storage items
  45. Glow Sticks
  46. Fishing/Hunting Gear
  47. Seeds
  48. Aloe
  49. religious books
  50. and of course…gold and silver.



So there you have it. Now keep in mind that this is just a SMALL sampling of what could be bartered. Do you have any that I missed?

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