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Survival Skills: 10 Great Bartering Items, And 3 You Might Not Expect

Posted 08/14/2014 10:41 am by

Trading and bartering were an important part of our ancestors’ lives. Bartering involved all kinds of items as currency. Furs, silks, perfumes, spices, and tea were some of the more traditional items of barter; human skulls and poisons are a couple of history’s more outlandish trade goods. Bartering also took place during the Great Depression of the 1930s, after credit diminished and bank lending decreased. Should that kind of economic collapse happen again, bartering could become an everyday occurrence again. Here are 10 obvious trade goods, and three that you might not typically think of.

10 Important Barter Goods

1. Medical supplies: First aid gear and medical supplies could be vital, especially if care is unavailable or unaffordable.

2. Food: Shelf-stable, ready-to-eat foods would obviously have a lot of value in lean times.

3. Water purification: Tablets, filters, and other disinfection gear could mean the difference between contracting a waterborne illness and staying safe.

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