Things Everyone Will Need When SHTF

Before you find yourself in a worst-case scenario, you have to think about some items that are valuable enough that you cannot leave them for granted.

When SHTF dawns on you, you have to be smart enough to check and recheck certain items that are crucial for you to get through whatever emergency or situation you find yourself in. These valuable things also include SHTF barter items that you can trade-off for you to emerge alive in the middle of a challenging environment.

These essential items are categorized into four: food, water, shelter, and fire. Other priority items include those SHTF barter items you can use for land navigation, first aid, self-defense, and warning signal devices.

If you manage to keep these things, you will be assured that you will come out intact during SHTF episodes of your life in this modern world.

“One of the other priorities in prepping is redundancy. You never want to have to rely one just one item for fire, or just one item for purifying water. You want several layers of protection to ensure that your needs are covered,” said survival expert and author Chris Byrne.

You also have to take into consideration the convenience in bringing these items. As much as possible, these SHTF barter items should be lightweight, inexpensive, and small.

Top view of emergency backpack set

Another survival tactician and writer Nick O’Low warned that in an actual survival situation you have to bear in mind that “money basically loses its value (because the most important of the items it can theoretically buy become so valuable), so bartering is much more use.”

“Even so, there are some easily stockpiled, easily carried supplies, many of which can be split down into small quantities, which are worth special consideration in your plans,” he said.

Since bartering is about exchanging commodities or items instead of using money to acquire them, O’Low reminded on the three things to consider on how to manage your SHTF barter items.

The three things to consider are demand and supply in a survival scenario, demand and supply now (in a safe environment), and how easily the values of different barter items (those you have and those of your trading partner) can be compared.

“You need to prepare to barter things which will be useful to many people, and crucially can be subdivided many times into small denominations,” O’ Low warned.

When you fail to prepare or possess these SHTF barter items, there is also another way for you to make it through the storm of your life.

“The first rule of thumb is to acquire skills that can be bartered for goods.  That is the smart thing to do regardless of your financial situation,” according to Survival Life.

 Beyond that, there are several low-cost items that you can accumulate over time, even if you are poor, it added.

To be more prepared when SHTF also requires you to have foresight and lots of common sense.

You need to stockpile the necessary supplies and your SHTF barter items. This is the heart of the matter. Many of people only think about stockpiling when they already see themselves in a crisis or emergency, like during calamities, war, sudden economic fallout, natural disasters, or even apocalyptic-scale situations.

Emergency backpack equipment organized on the table

Stockpiling food and other necessary items can guarantee you some comfortable moments, although it may not assure you of the security from death during SHTF situation.

In a pre-disaster situation, you need to apply your common sense by listening to the experts and even your own gut feeling that you need to stockpile some items, either for personal or barter, when SHTF.

As a word of caution, never think that all people around you will be lawful, kind, cooperative, fair, and caring when SFTH. Any person will always think of himself first before reaching out to others to offer any form of help when SHTF.

During a post-disaster situation, when the rule of law will be (temporarily) absent, any person is automatically in a survival mode.

 And in desperation, he will only think of himself, his family, or his immediate circle. And yes, they can be rude, brutal, and capable of harming others when SHTF. 

Thus, you have to be cautious. Never barter at your home. You have to trade your SHTF barter items on neutral ground and never go alone. 

Finally, never reveal everything that you’ve got by not bringing too much of what you have.

“Watch out (be prepared) for ambush. When in doubt, get out,” experts at Modern Survival advised.

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Some low-cost SHTF barter items to prepare when SHTF

Interestingly, a dedicated reader-turned-survival guide expert Elaine K. prosed on some poor man’s barter items that everyone will need when SHTF.  Here are the necessary things for you to survive:

  1. Adhesives
  2. Playing cards
  3. Backpacks
  4. Hair pins
  5. Wooden, strike anywhere matches
  6. Old newspapers
  7. Wax for fire-starting
  8. Batteries
  9. Cigarettes
  10. Tobacco
  11. Cigarette lighters
  12. Tobacco seeds
  13. Elastic-material
  14. Dry beans
  15. Rice
  16. Noodles
  17. Flour
  18. Spices (sage, cinnamon, cloves, parsley etc.)
  19. Coffee
  20. Cooking Oil
  21. Feminine products
  22. Bars of soap
  23. Toilet paper
  24. Clothing
  25. Can openers
  26. Tarps
  27. Baby hygiene products
  28. Solar lights
  29. Silver
  30. Diesel fuel
  31. Duct Tape
  32. Flashlights
  33. Shoes
  34. Blankets
  35. Hunting gear
  36. Bug spray
  37. Contraceptives
  38. Trapping gear
  39. Maps
  40. Kitchen equipment (pots, pans, etc.)
  41. Charcoal
  42. Eyeglass repair kits
  43. Writing supplies
  44. Fishing gear
  45. Propane canisters
  46. Solar PV panels
  47. Ziploc bags
  48. Flour mill
  49. Paraffin oil (for lamps)
  50. Large cotton balls with soaked in petroleum jelly
  51. Needles
  52. Straight pins
  53. Safety pins
  54. Spirits (brandy, beer, wine, whisky, vodka) 
  55. Coloring books 
  56. Crayons
  57. Scrap paper
  58. Pencils
  59. Copy paper
  60. Lined notebook paper
  61. Tooth paste
  62. Toothbrushes
  63. Dental floss
  64. Combs
  65. Coffee filters
  66. Pepper
  67. Sugar
  68. Nail clippers
  69. Nail files
  70. Washing/laundry soda
  71. Borax
  72. Candles
  73. Garden tools
  74. Fly swatters
  75. Oxyclean
  76. Rat and mouse poison
  77. Rodent traps
  78. Scissors
  79. Canned food (any type of canned food)
  80. Buttons
  81. Thread
  82. Garden fertilizer
  83. Plastic tubs and containers
  84. Petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
  85. Salt
  86. Plastic sheeting
  87. Socks (all sizes and colors)
  88. Shoe laces
  89. Garbage bags 
  90. Brooms
  91. Dust pans
  92. Clothes pins
  93. Garden compost
  94. Cocoa
  95. Baking Soda
  96. Hair brushes
  97. Disposable razors
  98. Hard candy
  99. Popcorn
  100. Kool-aid
  101. Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Tylenol
  102. Essential oils
  103. Cough syrup
  104. Aluminum foil
  105. Clothes lines
  106. Garbage cans
  107. Dryer Lint (for firestarter)
  108. Band aids
  109. Laxatives
  110. Lip balm or chapstick
  111. Axes
  112. Nails, nuts, bolts, and screws
  113. Heirloom garden seeds
  114. Fresh garden products and herbs
  115. Herb plants
  116. Hand garden tools
  117. Rope of any type
  118. Two cycle oil
  119. Automotive oil and air filters
  120. Paperback books
  121. Honey
  122. Eye drops
  123. Mask
  124. Sunglasses
  125. Empty bottles