If the world as we know it ceases to exist, your bank balance won’t mean a thing – neither will all the cash you’ve got stuffed under your mattress. If the systems that accept government backed currency are no longer up and running, nobody is going to be interested in taking your fiat currency as payment. They’d probably be interested in gold and silver, but even more likely than that, they’re going to want goods and services – things they can touch, feel, and actually benefit from.
That’s where bartering comes in. In a SHTF scenario where there’s a major societal collapse, the financial system isn’t going to be relevant. The only things that will truly have value will be material items, and there more of those items you have on-hand, the richer you’re going to be in the post-crisis world.
On that note, here are a few of the items that are practically guaranteed to become insanely valuable after a major crisis. Start stockpiling them now to position yourself strategically for the future.
Whether you approve of alcohol consumption or not, there’s no denying the love that many people have for it. And all those people who used to drink a cocktail after work or a few beers on the weekend are going to start feeling pretty upset when they can’t catch their buzz.
But you can remedy their problem and get ahead at the same time if you have your own personal supply of hooch.
Stockpiling hard liquors and wines is a good idea, because both of those types of alcohol are highly shelf stable. You could try to keep a couple cases of beer around too if you’ve got a cool dark place to store them.
Sugar is a pantry staple that will become virtually impossible to find if the modern food system grinds to a halt, and it’s a key element of most people’s diets too. Even healthy types who try to avoid junk food still love to satisfy their sweet tooth once in a while. Plus, it’s a crucial ingredient even in the recipes where it’s only used sparingly.
Store your sugar stockpile in an airtight container and be sure to put some kind of anti-moisture measures into place too. Desiccant packets, clay tablets, or slices of bread can all effectively keep your sugar from clumping.
3. Tobacco products
Just like drinkers, tobacco users start getting really antsy when they don’t get their fix. Actually, tobacco users would probably do more for a smoke or dip than most drinkers would do for a drink. It’s a daily habit that most users indulge in hourly, and it’s a bear to quit cold turkey.
It never hurts to keep a couple dozen cartons of off brand cigarettes in your stockpile. They’ll be worth their weight in gold if disaster strikes.
4. Painkillers and antibiotics
Without access to modern medicine, even basic ailments can turn painful and deadly. Thus the rationale behind stockpiling medications that treat pain and infection. This could be as simple as keeping a case of Tylenol and Neosporin in your medicine cabinet, or as elaborate as a collection of leftover opiates and antibiotics. Whatever the case may be, try to accumulate as many of these medications as possible. They’ll be worth almost anything to the right person.
Bleach has an endless list of uses, and they’re all super important in a survival situation. Most people don’t realize that now though, and that’s why so few of them have more than a bottle or so on-hand. If disaster were to strike, they’d be left out in the cold.
That simple fact should be enough for you to keep a few cases of the stuff in your pantry just in case.
What do you think will be worth the most when SHTF?
Obviously there are tons of other potential barter items that will be extremely valuable after SHTF. What are a few you can think of?