as i was going through my research I found that some folks are planing to use paper money as bartering iteams i cant see that a good iteam lol but I have set up my cashe all over my properties and each has a stash of bartering iteams such as food tools higyean products..... but in a true bug out situation I dont plan to need to barter much as i have planned alot and have myself good stocks safly stored
I dont think id wanna be in contact with anyone. Sure there may be a time when i need something someone else has, but id like to think that is a strong maybe. I dont trust people and im sure not gonna trust people in a nasty situation. Sure maybe a starving mom and her kid might be a different scenario. But when i make my decision to add to my preps, its based on me and my 2 kids.
I agree with HarrySachs, that when I prep, I am doing so my for myself and my family and am not thinking too much about barter situations. But, with that said I have started saving older coins made of silver, and alcohol. I think if I did have to barter It would most likely be with booze, water or animals.
I believe that we are heading for an economic collapse that may take many years to come out of. From my perspective, the best barter material you can have is a skill that will be needed when people come together, as our pioneering forefathers did, and form communities. Whether that skill be blacksmithing, tanning hides, farming, making fabric, building wagons, brewing beer, etc., it can be traded for other necessities. This does not mean you shouldn't prep, I'm just suggesting you learn a skill that could be used in a long term situation.
Shoes, cloth, duct tape, baling twine or wire, salt, spices, sugar, warm socks, soap, women's products will also be good bartering items. Not everyone drinks or smokes, but nearly everyone wears shoes and clothing. Shoes can be picked up by the bagful at thrift stores, even boots and other leather shoes, if you have room to store them. Not to mentions kid's shoes, a lot of people forget the kids will grow and need bigger sizes.
Soapmaking, spinning, weaving, sewing, herbal medicine, and leatherworking will also be good skills to barter with as well as many others.