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Monday, November 29, 2010

Trade Goods for PSHTF?

Any ideas for trade goods post SHTF?

Food, ammo, etc. are easy to think of, but any others?

So far, I've thought of

1. Hand Cranked Radios and Flashlights
2. Cement (Apparently very energy intensive to manufacture)
3. Salt
4. Tarps
5. Sleeping Bags
6. Whisky/beer/Cigs/tobacco
7. Heirloom seeds
8. Hand tools
9. Condoms/tampons/toilet paper
0. Wind-up watches
1. Batteries
2. Rechargeable batteries, Solar panel recharging system
3. Water Purifiers
4. Tents
5. That Iodine that protects the thyroid from radiation...Iodoral?
6. Still materials...copper pipe, burners, etc.
7. Advil, Aspirin etc.

Much of this can be bought now, and cheaply but would be impossible to obtain PSHTF...any other ideas or inputs?


  1. sewing needles and thread in various types. Not just clothing, but for canvas , leather and the like. Maybe copper tubing?

  2. 1 Hand tools & garden tools
    2 Screws, nails, nuts & bolts
    3 Dutch ovens and decent pots for using over open flames (not the no-stick pots and pans)
    4 Sheets of plywood and dimension lumber
    5 lead (for casting bullets)
    6 Engine oil & filters
    7 Two cycle oil
    8 metal suitable for fabricating things; iron bars, angle iron, sheet metal, etc.
    9 charcoal briquits and/or coal for a forge
    0 Water hoses

  3. A bicycle. Peddle power works for going further in times of need and make sure you have spare parts.
    Fishing gear. Its cheap now but would be incredibly difficult to get when SHTF

  4. While it's something I personally have no use for, my 'trade goods' box has ten Dollar Store King James Bibles, as well as 'restaurant size' jars of herbs and spices, fishhooks and Dollar Store kitchen knives