Do you know how to barter? In preparedness circles, the term barter is used a lot when describing a post SHTF situation when goods and services may no longer be available through normal channels. According to Wikipedia, ”barter is a method of exchange by which goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money”. A lot of people think of bartering as something to do when they are down an out, perhaps unemployed, or low on cash. But nothing could be further from the truth. Bartering has been around from eons and is simply a smart way to acquire goods and services under the radar screen. Bartering for survival could eventually mean the difference for being comfortable and healthy during the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it (TEOTWAWKI) scenario. While some people are stocking up on precious metals, in most situations where you need a good or a service, the people who have something you need may not be able to make change for a gold coin. Thus having something of value to exchange for something else of value without the exchange of money will be what constitutes survival bartering.
When bartering for survival, you will need an idea of what items will be popular, and what skills will be in demand. In “stuff” hits the fan or SHTF situations, items that are manufactured such as soap and toilet paper, matches and batteries will be much in demand, as will ammunition and medicine. In terms of skills, having a skill or ability that someone else does not have will be important. Anything that can be done manually will be vital such as building, farming or cooking.