Supplies That Are Worth More Than Gold During a Disaster

March 12, 2015 by | Be the first to comment »

When disaster strikes, your shiny American Express card will be useless, your checks won’t be good for much besides tinder, and gold, though valuable, won’t be something most people are interested in.

Supplies that can help someone survive, or even make them a little more comfortable, however, will be incredibly valuable. Fortunately, most of the supplies that carry the most value as barter items are relatively small and have a virtually unlimited shelf-life.

Here are some supplies you should stock up on as barter items. If you’re ever faced with a disaster, you can use most of these items yourself, but if you have a surplus, you’ll be able to trade for other goods or services.

  • Bottled water
  • Vitamins
  • Hard candy
  • Coffee and tea
  • Canning supplies
  • Vegetable/fruit seeds
  • Wet wipes
  • Fishing supplies
  • Charcoal
  • Aluminum foil
  • Lamp oil
  • Soap/shampoo
  • Matches/lighters
  • Trash bags
  • Canned food
  • Sewing supplies
  • Duct tape
  • Honey
  • Books (Especially survival, gardening, and first aid books, and Bibles.)
  • Manual can openers
  • Fire wood
  • Baking soda
  • First aid supplies
  • Propane
  • Tobacco (Cigarettes, Cigars and dip.)
  • Hand tools
  • Insect repellent
  • Condoms
  • Kerosene
  • Dish/laundry soap
  • Alcohol
  • Board games
  • Tampons/maxi pads
  • Pool shock (It’s the same chemical as bleach, in powder form, and has an indefinite shelf life.)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Cooking oils
  • Cast iron cookware
  • Glue/epoxy
  • Tarps
  • Ammunition
  • Freeze-dried food
  • Salt/spices
  • Baby diapers

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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