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Question: What items should I try and have extras of for trading.

It is kind of a tough call, because ideally you will want to keep everything you have, but even the best preppers will end up running low on something important.  In a survival situation, there will always be supplies you can trade in an emergency if there is something you absolutely need.  Here is a list of items (other than food) that will become a hot commodity in a TEOTWAWKI situation.  While some items I would not trade unless absolutely neccessary (such as medication) they can be used to buy things you may need more.

  • Cigarettes/tobacco
  • liquor / beer
  • disposible diapers (water to clean cloth diapers can be an issue, not to mention fecal contamination)
  • Tylenol/Advil/pain medications
  • Allergy medication
  • Blankets
  • Shoes
  • Clothing (especially winter clothing in cooler climates)
  • Tools
  • Seeds
  • Gardening supplies
  • Non-powered transportation (bikes, wagons, carts)
  • Firearms (only trade as a last resort unless you stockpile excess specifically for trading purposes)

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