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Barter For Survival: Top Ten Barter Items Every Prepper Should Have

This guide was originally published by M.D. Creekmore at The Survivalist Blog

M.D. is the author of The Prepper’s Guide to Surviving the End of the World as We Know It: Gear, Skills, and Related Know-How

Barter items for survival – What would you have to trade in a survival situation?

Any conversation about prepping first starts with the “the best survival gun” followed by “bugging out vs hunkering down” and then on to “the best retreat location” and then to “what to have on hand for barter… well today, I’m going to answer that question.

The first thing to consider is what items do people need and use every day, followed by will they need these items after a long-term disaster and if so will those items be readily available when the resupply lines are cut. If not, then would those items be easy to make from other common items?

These are the questions I asked when putting away my own barter items – those are included in the list below in no order.

Where to Hide When the Global Economy Crashes: “Safe Harbors Are Few and Far Between”

Guest article by Mac Slavo

If the world seems like its falling apart, then perhaps it is time to figure out where you could go to avoid the worst of it.

With so many factors building up to global turmoil, and a number of trigger points for civil unrest and economic collapse inside the United States, where would you go?

While every place has its problems, and no place is guaranteed to remain calm, certain pockets of relative safety like Scandinavia, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile or New Zealand could prove to be a bit more prone to stability, than to collapse. Compared to other hot spots, these places could be a harbor.

With that said, the global economic collapse will not spare any region from fallout, and there will be great damage to all countries lined up in the chain of dominoes. Moreover, there are few, if any, places that are immune from natural disasters and other major problems.

The United States, on the other hand, may have simply harbored too many problems as a whole – and thus, stability is anything but guaranteed. Border issues with Mexico; political siege by the permanent war coalition; internal strife between left and right, and conflict between identity politic groups and disenfranchised, angry hoards all make things unstable.

Prepping for Your Dog

In the rush of prepping for your family, don’t forget the canine members (and other pets) of your family! I will be writing about dogs, much of this same information will apply to cats and other pets. I have owned and cared for dogs all my life, owned a boarding kennel, taught obedience classes and trained service dogs, I was a retail sales clerk in a pet department, and was a groomer. I will try to cover things in a practical manner for you.

The first thing to consider is food. There are a couple of ways to approach this. You can buy and save commercial dog food for your dog. Or they can eat what you eat, in which case you want to make sure you buy for “another person”.

Armour as a Bug-Out Vehicle

Marauder APC
Marauder APC

When asked for their personal choice for a bug-out vehicle, many arm-chair warriors will select an armoured vehicle. While those armoured vehicles are awesome to look at, and may make great exploration vehicles, they make terrible bug-out vehicles. And you can't live in them any longer than a few days.


It's difficult to free fools from the chains they revere
Are you ready to free yourself?

Times are changing, disasters are coming.

Are you prepared to survive, or prepared to THRIVE!

Disaster preparation doesn't have to be about living in an underground shelter, or a log cabin deep in the woods. It doesn't have to be caveman days. It is possible to live comfortably once you leave the beaten path and find your own way.

I find a lot of people have a set expectation of what to do after a disaster, and it's usually run for the hills/woods.

Then what? Live off the land? Sure, it can be done... but it sucks. Not only do I thinks it sucks, so do you! Want proof that YOU think it sucks? Easy... are you doing it right now? If not, it's because you don't want that hard life.

So why not aim for an easy life? One you can have now and continue afterwards.

Catamaran drifting
Author's catamaran drifting on the Yellow Bank, Bahamas.
30km to the nearest land, and all of it 5 meters deep.

My own solution to that problem was to sell our farm and buy a catamaran sailboat. Learning to sail is simple. There are schools that can teach you everything you need to know. I learned mostly by doing, but that's how I learn.

Sure, sailing may not for everyone. But if you stop and think it out now, you can find a life that you WANT to live, and go do it today. You don't need to have a disaster to go change your life.

This website will help you find your way, and (hopefully) make it enjoyable.

It's brand new (July 2022), so there's a lot more in my head than on this site. I'll be working on rectifiying that as I can.


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