Top Bartering Items You Need to Store Today for Tomorrow

If there were to ever be a catastrophic event that turned our entire world upside down, things would be way different. Our way of life would be completely shaken up. Store shelves would sit empty. Those who do have a plethora of goods that they are willing to part with are not going to need cash. Cash will be meaningless in a society where there are no banks, no lines of credit or even a way to resupply the shelves. It will be all about bartering. You will use what you have on hand to trade with somebody else for something you need.

When you are prepping for survival, you need to store some things with the intent of using them for bartering. The following list includes some of the goods you will want to store in order to get the food, water or other supplies your family runs short on. You can also use your bartering items to pay for services like medical attention or help splitting wood.

chocolate1-Chocolate/candy-Chocolate can make the world a better place and when things go sideways, a little chocolate will help soothe the soul.

2-Alcohol-Stock up on the cheap stuff, when it is all that is left, people will be desperate to get their hands on it. It can also be used medicinally.

3-Tobacco-Yes, people should quit, but the cravings are strong enough people will be willing to part with their food to get a pack.

4-Sugar-Lots of people focus on freeze-dried foods and basics and forget all about the sugar. Borrowing a cup of sugar is going to take on a whole new meaning in a post-catastrophe world.

5-Heirloom seeds-Growing food is going to be the only way to replenish one’s food supply. For those who didn’t plan ahead, they are going to need seeds to get started.

6-Personal hygiene items-Toilet paper, toothpaste and spare toothbrushes are going to be in high demand. People who didn’t prepare are going to be willing to part with things in order to get what they need for personal hygiene. toilet-roll-220415_640

7-Spices, salt and pepper-These items are so incredibly inexpensive, it just makes sense to stockpile them to use for bartering. A lot of people, who stock up on food, forget about the little things like seasonings to make the food taste better.

Stocking up on these goods today, is better than hiding money under your mattress. Money won’t mean much in a world that has completely fallen apart. The wealthy will be those who have what it takes to survive and thrive. It doesn’t matter how much money a person has if there is nothing to spend it on!

Preparing for Power Outages

snowWith winter just around the corner, it is time to get ready to deal with the severe storms that are sure to plague us this year. There are plenty of dire predictions about the harshness of the coming winter. What it all boils down to is whether or not you are ready for it. You never know what Mother Nature has in store, but you can prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Power outages are pretty common when there is heavy snow or an ice storm. You also have to consider the possibility of an auto accident taking out a power pole.

What do you need to keep in your home to be ready for a power outage?

The standard 72-hour kit that the government recommends you have is great, but there are a few other things you will want to consider. You won’t have power, which means you won’t have a way to cook or even heat your food. Canned food is going to be your best friend. If you have a way to heat water via a woodstove or a campstove, freeze-dried meals are much more satisfying. You will need a gallon of water per day for each member of your family. A power outage will likely be rather short, so a few cases of bottled water will suffice. However, it doesn’t hurt to keep a little extra on hand. Those are items you can store in your pantry or basement.flashlight

You should also have a kit prepared to pull out when the power does go out. Don’t put your kit downstairs in the basement. You need it easily accessible so you are not stumbling around in the dark and risking a serious injury. A small rubber tote with a lid or a crate stored inside a hall closet is a good idea. Some things to put in your kit are as follows;

• LED flashlights with extra batteries
• Solar powered lantern
• Emergency candles and candleholders, matches or a lighter
• A solar charger for your cell phone
• A crank radio
• Handwarmer packs, hats and gloves to stay warm in the house

You can also save yourself a great deal of trouble by investing in a portable generator. This will keep your home supplied with some power to keep your refrigerator running. Don’t wait until the power goes out to go on the hunt for supplies. Do it today. It is almost a guarantee there will be nothing left in the hours after the power goes out. Don’t get caught with your shelves empty and not way to light up your home.

Preparing for a Quarantine—What to Buy Today

Are you prepared to live in your home without contact with the outside world for 21 days or more? If you or a member of your family is put under a mandatory quarantine, you will be asked to stay in your home without the luxury of running to the store to grab groceries, toilet paper or even the local drive thru to grab a burger. Many people are prepared to hole up in their home for three days, but that isn’t going to help when you have to live on the food stores you have for 21 days or more.teriyaki rice

Today is the time to buy the essentials you need to hunker down in your home until the threat of a pandemic passes. You need food, personal hygiene items and tools in case of a power outage. Although a pandemic wouldn’t cause a power outage, a storm or accident could take out a power pole and with limited linemen on hand to fix the problem, you could be sitting in the dark for days.

This is a list of things you will want to have on hand in case you need to stay at home for a few weeks.

• Food-Freeze dried and canned foods are best, just in case the power does go out. There are plenty of options in the freeze-dried food category that will keep your family well fed with a variety of tasty dishes. Don’t forget to stock up on some of your favorite snacks as well. If you have kids in the home, their typical daily snack will help keep them content.
• Personal hygiene-Toilet paper is a luxury you can never have too much of. Buy enough to keep your family happy for at least a couple of months. Other things you will need to make sure you have a supply of includes; toothpaste, feminine hygiene items, bath soap, laundry soap, dish soap and shampoo. If you have a baby in the house, make sure you have plenty of diapers and wipes on hand.

• Light-You will want to have flashlights and candles on hand in case there is a power outage. LED flashlights use less battery-power and will last longer. Make sure you have an extra set of batteries. Don’t forget matches and candleholders.

boardgames• Entertainment-Living in your home for 21 days will likely leave you climbing the walls. Keep some games, cards, puzzles and various crafts on hand to keep you and the family busy. If you have ever considered learning how to knit or paint, you have the perfect excuse for learning how to do so! Have you been dreaming about hours of scrapbooking? Wish granted!

• Communication-Keep your cell phone charged so you can communicate with friends and loved ones. You should also have a crank radio or battery-powered radio on hand just in case the power is out. You need to know when it is safe for you to go out as well as keep informed about what is happening in the world.

• Medicines-If you or somebody in your house takes prescription medicines, as your doctor to write a script for an extra month’s supply. This is nice to have around just in case anyways. As long as it is not a controlled substance, most doctors won’t have a problem writing out a larger prescription.

Take steps now to avoid the chaos that will ensue if a mandatory quarantine is issued for your family, neighborhood or city. You don’t want to be forced to rely on government services to provide you with what you need.

Preparing for an Ebola Pandemic

With the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus crossing the ocean and spreading outside of the three hardest hit areas, there is some concern among people in the United States and across Europe. People are gearing up to ride out a pandemic of epic proportions. Although it is unlikely, if the virus does become a serious problem, you may need to hunker down in your home for a few days or weeks while the CDC and other government officials get a handle on this deadly virus. There is no shame in being prepared to live out of your home in an effort to avoid picking up the virus.

masksYou will want to get some supplies today, while they are still available. There has already been a mass run on certain things like nitrile gloves and face masks. You will want to have enough food, water and first aid supplies on hand to ride out the worst of the outbreak. It would be best to plan on a 30-day supply of goods. You never know how long it will take officials to take care of the situation. The water supply may also become contaminated. Only water purification methods can remove viruses.Filters do not remove viruses. You can eliminate the risk of drinking contaminated water by stocking up on bottled water today.

A bug out bag or 72-hour bag for each member of the family is also a good idea. If you have a friend or relative who lives outside of the area where Ebola is running rampant, you will want to get out of town for a bit. It may be a bit chaotic on the highways as there will likely be a mass exodus out of cities and towns where Ebola is believed to be. There may even be a quarantine order in place, which will make escaping next to impossible. A bag that is equipped with the gear you need to survive may be your only hope at getting out of your neighborhood and into rural, less-populated areas where Ebola hasn’t spread.

food storageKeep in mind; the CDC insists the virus isn’t spread through the air, but there are plenty of scientists and researchers who say otherwise. The number of new cases that continue to be diagnosed also lends to the idea that the virus is airborne in small particles i.e. sneezing and coughing. Do what you can today to protect your family for tomorrow.

Sanitation without Power in Survival Situation

Many people focus their energy on prepping food and water in case of an emergency. While this is certainly a necessary task, it is important to focus on all aspects of life without power or access to running water. In the aftermath of any serious event, many government and city resources are going to be unavailable. This includes sanitation and clean drinking water. We rely on electricity to clean the water and pump it into our homes. When there are no sanitation systems, we not only lose running water to our home, we lose the ability to flush toilets. There will be no trash collectors either. This creates a potentially lethal scenario of people living in and around human waste with no way to take care of personal hygiene needs.bathroom-2193_640

You need to plan ahead in order to avoid dealing with things like dysentery, mice, cockroaches and a long list of other unpleasant and potentially dangerous problems that arise when sanitation is ignored.

Toilets—Invest in a camp toilet that you can use when there is no water. You can also use a 5-gallon bucket lined with heavy duty garbage bags. When the bag is half full, remove the bag and bury it at least 300 feet from your home and any bodies of water. You could also dig a hole in the ground and place a bucket over the top. When the hole becomes ¾ full, fill it in with dirt. You want at least 12 inches of dirt over the top of the waste. Place rocks or large logs over the area to keep animals from digging.

garbage-heap-354510_640Trash-Get familiar with recycling and repurposing various items. No, there won’t be any recycling centers open, but you will be surprised at what you can do with items you normally throw out. Learn about composting. You can use up a great deal of your kitchen waste by tossing it in a compost bin to later use in your garden. You can burn trash as long as well. Avoid burning chemical containers and most plastics. Use the plastics to store water or as containers for gardening. You can also bury the trash. Dig a hole at least 3 feet deep and cover it with 18 inches of dirt.

Hygiene—Use soap and water to wash your hands frequently. Pour water over your hands rather than dipping them in a bowl of water. Use hand sanitizer in between hand washings to keep your hands as clean as possible.

It is extremely important you work hard at maintaining a relatively clean environment to reduce the spread of disease and viruses.