10 Epic Stockpile Ideas for Barter and Survival

Dec 29, 2015 by

The whole point of emergencies is that they are unexpected. If you knew that they were coming many weeks in advance, they wouldn’t really be emergency situations.

However, a lot of people fail to prepare for disasters and market collapses, even when it is pretty obvious that they are looming. Of course, the brainy few do some gold IRA investing among other things just in case the SHTF.

It is always better to be prepared for whatever horrible things may be coming up soon.

The economy is going to the dogs

The global economy is expected to collapse in future. The market is in pretty bad shape, and people are still reeling from the blow of the Great Recession the early 2000s dealt to all of us.

If the market does collapse, the first thing that is going to happen is that the dollar (and all other paper currency) will lose all value. You may as well cut up bits of paper and trade them for bread.


If this situation does arise, you will be better equipped if you had started preparing for the new exchange system that will be implemented.

Barter system is staging a revival

The barter system existed long before currency was the norm, and the chances are that it will become the global standard once more, not long from now. If you are smart, you will stock up for this eventuality, just in case.


You won’t regret it when the situation actually does come around and you have essential valuable items necessary to barter with for crucial things you don’t have.

There are some items that are simply more important than others. They can help you survive in the cruel new world without law, order and a power grid, and they will be valuable in the event that you need to trade for something else.

Here are the 10 most useful barter items:

1 – Water purifiers: these can be either the portable natural water filters or the store of iodine tablets that adventurers take with them on trips down the Amazon. Water is the source of life, and if there is an area without clean drinking water, a filter is going to be worth its weight in gold (although you should trade it for food or guns).

2 – Stove and fuel: You are going to miss cooked food, especially when you have to hunt to survive. Getting a camper or learning how to build a firewood stove is a good way to ensure you don’t get diseases from raw meat.

3 – Can opener: Duh. You don’t want to come across a can of corned beef and not be able to open it, do you?

4 – Proteins: canned beans are a good source of protein, along with chicken and tuna. Peanut butter is great as well.

5 – Carbohydrates: White or brown rice, pasta, oatmeal, and other sources of carbs that don’t need much preparation and will keep for ages.

6 – Condiments: Honey has no expiration date. Oil, salt and spices will also have a higher keeping time and a number of uses.

7 – Fruits and veggies: Canned fruit and vegetables are a necessity. If you don’t want canned stuff, just get a stock of seeds so you can grow your own herb garden.

8 – Light: Getting a lamp or a lantern with candles, fuel and paraffin is a good way to get both light and heat. Hurricane lamps can help on the cold, windy nights. Also stock up on batteries for flashlights.

9 – Clothing: Warm clothing needs to be prioritized. Without heating, the winter nights are going to be deadly if you aren’t bundled up right.

10 – Medicine: HUGE priority. Take a first aid kit as well as a doctor’s book, multivitamins, glasses, asthma inhalers, antibiotics.

With the right kind of prep, you can be sure to get the best possible value out of your investment in stockpiling right now!


  1. What do you guys think of Bitcoin? I realize in a SHTF scenario it might be a bad idea. But love the idea in a non SHTF Scenario!

  2. Would you consider gold or silver a bartering item? I’ve started investing a small amount into these. The gold prices have skyrocketed this year. People are very nervous about the global economy and where everything is going. It doesn’t seem to have a bright future ahead.

    Thanks for the tips!