Updated: Oct 24, 2020
Bartering is such a great tool, not just at TEOTWAYKI, but in everyday life. Whether it’s the loan of tools between neighbors, parents that trade off babysitting, carpooling, or more technical-labour skills, bartering saves money and builds invaluable relationships.
There were many items, that we often take for granted, which were much sought after following the major hurricanes in the southern United States. Some people from spared states and regions sold them at astronomical costs to those in need. Stores were looted, those in need suffered.
Here are 40 items that fit inside a standard 5-gallon bucket that are easily traded during severe crises or if the “shit hits the fan” (SHTF), as they say. Please note: I have left out standard weaponry and ammo, for a few reasons.
Canned Fuel (like Sterno)
A hygiene pack (basically a ziploc bag with a toothbrush/paste, small bar of soap, tissue packet, and a compressed washcloth)
Knives (as a tool)
Batteries (AAA and AA being the most common)
Deck of Cards
Home or Personal Alarm
Travel Packets of Over-the-Counter Medications
Water Purification Tablets
First Aid Supplies (all kinds)
Powdered Drink Mix
Most of these can be found at a dollar store. A good strategy is to store your “barter bucket” away from your other supplies in the event of disaster so no one sees how much you really have. Also, make the deal first, fetching the items needed in private.