Storing Popular SHTF Bartering Items

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If you’re fully stocked and prepared to survive anything, you may want to take that next step and start stockpiling popular bartering items.

The exact items you choose to start stockpiling will depend on the situation your planning for, but in general the following items will all probably be in high demand after a total collapse:

Water Purification

Most people don’t realize how hard finding clean drinkable water will become in a post-collapse situation. When the water treatment plants stop running, people are going to be scrambling to find a way to purify their drinking water. Iodine tablets, bleach, water filters, canteens, and even cooking pots will all be needed and in very high demand.



1 out of every 3 Americans own a gun, but how many of these gun owners actually stockpile an adequate amount of ammunition?

In a SHTF situation Ammo is going to be a highly sought after item and will quickly become a very popular barter item. I recommend stocking up on calibers that you actually use followed by the most common calibers (.22, .223, 9mm, .45, 30-06, 12ga, & .308)

Guns & Accessories

If the SHTF those 2 out 3 Americans who don’t own guns are going to be wishing they did. From people looking for parts to repair broken guns, to those who are currently anti-gun, I can almost guarantee that guns will become one of the most wanted items after a collapse. Even pellet guns might be a good items to stock up on. They’re cheap, easy to find, and would be easier to part with.


Let’s not beat around the bush here, in an apocalyptic SHTF scenario there’s going to be a huge number of people who will want to drink their sorrows away. Hard liquor is going to be the best option because of its long shelf life.


Almost half of all Americans are currently taking at least one prescription medication. In a post-apocalyptic world, prescription medications will be another highly sought after item. From people who need to treat life threatening illnesses with antibiotics, to those that will just want to forget everything that’s happening, medications will be worth their weight in gold.


Check out our list of some of the most important foods to stockpile. These will all be in high demand and are all a good idea to start stocking up on.



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