Disaster Survival Barter and Charity List

see also Surviving Disasters, Philosophy for Surviving Disasters, Survival Retreat Homes

For your barter list, acquire primarily items that are durable, non-perishable, and either in small packages or that are easily divisible. Concentrate on the items that other people are likely to overlook or have in short supply. Some of my favorites are ammunition. [The late] Jeff Cooper referred to it as “ballistic wampum.” WTSHTF, ammo will be worth nearly its weight in silver. Store all of your ammo in military surplus ammo cans (with seals that are still soft) and it will store for decades. Stick to common calibers, get plenty of .22 LR (most high velocity hollow points) plus at least ten boxes of the local favorite deer hunting cartridge, even if you don’t own a rifle chambered for this cartridge. (Ask your local sporting goods shop about their top selling chamberings). Also buy at least ten boxes of the local police department’s standard pistol cartridge, again even if you don’t own a pistol chambered for this cartridge. Any supplies necessary for operating a home-based business. Some that you might consider are: ammo reloading, well drilling, water pump repair, wind mill construction, leather crafting, small appliance repair, gun repair, locksmithing, bee keeping and honey production, et cetera. Every family should have at least one home-based business (preferably two!) that they can depend on in the event of an economic collapse. Need: Recommendations: Link: Return to Disaster Survival List of Lists

Ladies supplies

Ammo of various gun calibers

Salt (Buy lots of cattle blocks and 1 pound canisters of iodized table salt.) (Stores indefinitely if kept dry)
Two cycle engine oil (for chain saw gas mixing. Gas may still be available after a collapse, but two-cycle oil will probably be like liquid gold!) Marine 2 cycle oil (use only in emergency) in 1 gallon containers from TSC for $12.00 Do not mix with chain saw 2 cycle oil!)

Gas stabilizer


Diesel antibacterial additive 50-pound sacks of lime (for outhouses).

Alcohol for human consumption in small bottles

1 oz. bottles of military rifle bore cleaner and Break Free (or similar) lubricant.

Waterproof dufflebags in earth tone colors (whitewater rafting “dry bags”).

Thermal socks

Semi-waterproof matches (from military rations)

Military web gear (lots of folks will suddenly need pistol belts, holsters, magazine pouches, et cetera.)

Pre-1981 pennies (copper metal value at .03) penny sorter available on Ebay?

All nickles since 1946 contain 25% nickel and 75% copper Note: 1942-45 nickles are 35% silver

Hold coins of all denominations, as if and when the paper currency is devalued, coins may be declared as not devalued as it would be too hard to re-issue coins and the amount of coins in the hands of individuals would be believed to be small and of little overall consequence.

Pre-1965 silver coins (90% circulated silver coins) sold in $1,000 bags = to 715 to 718 oz of silver (if dimes and quarters) http://www.silvercoinguide.com/SilverCoins/90-circulated.php http://www.kitco.com/ A $1000 bag (face value) of dimes or quarters contains about 715 oz of silver, valued at daily spot value of silver, usually xx times greater than face value

1-gallon cans of kerosene.

Rolls of olive drab parachute cord.

Rolls of olive-drab duct tape.

Spools of monofilament fishing line.

Rolls of 10 mil "Visqueen", sheet plastic (for replacing windows, isolating airspaces for nuke scenarios, etc.)

Strike anywhere matches. (Dip the heads in paraffin to make them waterproof.)

Playing cards.

Cooking spices. (Do a web search for reasonably priced bulk spices.)

Rope & string

Sewing supplies

Includes Singer treadle operated sewing machine with spare needles and belts

Beeswax, 5 lbs For a reasonably priced block of beeswax, contact the local beekeepers club and ask who has wax for sale

Candle wax and wicking

Gold testing kit for dealing with gold. http://www.centercoin.com/jewelry_supplies/gold_silver_testing_kits.htm

Gold key for dealing with gold. http://www.fisch.co.za/operation.htm

Rolls of wire, plain

Barbed wire, mesh wire, chicken wire, chain link etc

Cable, various sizes, and cable clamps

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