I think we have all seen by now just how quickly stores will empty of basic but vital supplies. Food, water, fuel and more will all disappear in an incredibly short period of time.

Hopefully, as a prepper, you already have plenty of supplies on hand, and won’t have to endure the mad scramble of humanity as they swarm into stores all across town.

However, if you are coming into the prepping game a little late in life, or just facing an unfortunate setback where you happen to be without supplies for any given reason, you’ll have to brave the crowds of panicked shoppers just like everyone else.

That means your emergency pit stop could be a matter of life and death depending on the situation. Knowing what is most important, as well as what is most desired by other people in this situation will help inform your decisions, and prioritize what is most needed.

In today’s article we are bringing you a list of 15 crucial survival items that will disappear from store shelves in the blink of an eye when SHTF.

So, let’s say you’re one of those people that, by bad luck or a lack of preparation prior to this point, don’t have any survival supplies on hand at the onset of an SHTF situation or immediately preceding it.

Assuming you are able to disengage from whatever you are doing at the moment, the answer is to race to the store and try to stock up on what you’ll need for the duration.

As mentioned above, there are an awful, awful lot of people who will be doing the same thing. Traffic will intensify quickly if it isn’t already at total gridlock. Store shelves will be picked clean shortly thereafter. Things will likely look like total bedlam.

This means you need to think and act quickly if you don’t want to go home empty-handed. Prioritize!

Think about the nearest store that you can get to reliably that is most likely to have everything you need. This could be a well-stocked corner gas station and mini grocery, or it could be a nearby big box department store or grocery.

When you are pulling up, if you are familiar with the store start planning your route according to the most crucial supplies, saving the less important items for later.

And don’t go thinking that you’ll be able to wait out the surge and get a restock from the back room or anything like that. Most modern departments in grocery stores are entirely dependent upon multiple, daily deliveries to keep their shelves stocked, and there is usually precious little goods backstocked, if any.

So fasten your seatbelts, grab your notepad, and let’s get started!

15 Survival Items that Will Vanish from Store Shelves

Toilet Paper

This first item should need absolutely no preface. Whether it was right, wrong or indifferent I think the entire world knows that toilet paper will be hotly contested and hoarded next time any calamitous event of any consequence occurs, or is just threatened to occur.

And while it is true that you don’t need toilet paper to survive, it is one of those things that make life a lot more bearable, not to mention more sanitary.

You can make your situation, whatever it looks like, a lot more pleasant when it’s time to do your business if you have a good supply of toilet paper on hand. Everyone has their favorite brand, but that won’t be so important one of the circumstances as actually having it.

Make sure you get to it quickly and grab a large pack that will last you, and consider that larger families use this stuff up a whole lot quicker than a couple or an individual.

Not for nothing, toilet paper might make for good bartering currency down the line in a long term survival scenario where society has partially or completely collapsed.

There are no two ways about it. Modern life runs on batteries. disposable and rechargeable, large, small and every size in between, batteries are responsible for powering our vehicles, our personal devices, tools, remotes, and so much more.

Even some vital quality of life items such as hearing aids or insulin pumps depend on batteries.

Most seasoned peppers know that many important pieces of survival gear depend entirely on batteries to function, including flashlights and electric lanterns, GPS systems, firearm optics and more.

The demand for these items will be intense in the run-up to an SHTF situation and that means you’ll need to grab what you can as soon as you can.

Give yourself a leg up now by inventorying your most needed tools and devices and committing to memory or a checklist the type and quantity of batteries that they require.

If you really want to make your life easy, streamline your device selection so that you’re only buying one or two types of batteries outside of specialist sizes for things like hearing aids and the like.

Dealing with the onset of a legitimate survival scenario might be a good reason to start drinking, although you probably shouldn’t as you’re going to need all of your wits about you. That isn’t why we are heading to the liquor aisle, however.

As it turns out, alcohol is one of the very best items you can keep on hand for trade purposes, as those who are alcohol dependent or just greatly desire some stress relief will trade just about anything to get a swig of their favorite vice.

Generally speaking, stronger is better because it is more portable and provides better bang for the buck.

Not for nothing, and a real pinch strong liquors can be used as improvised antiseptics and anything that is strong enough to ignite when put to open flame can be used as an accelerant or a fuel by itself.

Trust me when I say that legions of panicked buyers who are consumed by visions of doom and gloom will be cleaning out the party aisle on the double, so act quickly!

Pretty much everywhere in the United States, save perhaps the most gun restrictive locations, you’ll find ammunition on store shelves in abundance, even if it is just a variety of cartridges intended for hunting rifles.

It goes without saying that many of your fellow shoppers have guns of their own, likely at home, and will be thinking about all the things that will go wrong after the rule of law collapses. That means they’re going to be raiding the ammo counter with a vengeance.

Whatever kind of firearm you have at home, and I do hope you have one, it is time to pick up some extra ammo. Get to the sporting goods counter as quick as you can and get a box or two at the least.

Note that beggars should not be choosers under the circumstances. You might not have your preferred manufacturer or load to choose from, but that is okay as most commercially sold ammunition, even if it is a little shabby, it’s good enough to function in most firearms.

Face Masks

Whatever you might think about the efficacy of face masks, there is no denying that a high quality respirator or even a disposable particulate mask is effective at keeping some airborne dust and debris out of your lungs.

Major disasters have a way of directly causing or leading to destruction and the outbreak of fires, two things that can significantly degrade air quality.

Over time, inhaling contaminated air is going to degrade the function of your lungs, and usually spells serious long-term health problems. Don’t let this fate befall you and your family by stocking up on face masks and respirators as appropriate.

You can usually find these in the hardware aisle, one place where you hopefully won’t have too much competition. Make sure you get the best ones that you can, and if you purchase a respirator with replaceable cartridges grab a pack of spare cartridges while you’re there.

Baby Care Items

Every parent knows that babies require an awful, awful lot of full-time care and that means a boat load of supplies and provisions.

If you have a little one at home, you’ll be competing with dozens and dozens or hundreds of other parents who are in a mad scramble to stock up on the same baby items.

Diapers, wet wipes, baby food and medicines for rash and other typical infantile elements will be moving fast, and that means you’ll need to be faster if you want to get your fair share.

Normally I would advocate grabbing these even if you don’t have a baby because they make for valuable trade fodder or you could get them to give to a neighbor or someone else in your network in the future, but under the circumstances it’s probably best to leave these behind for parents who are in desperate need.

Disposable Gloves

Disposable gloves are a commonly forgotten but important prep for any kind of disaster situation.

All sorts of emergencies entail getting your hands dirty, sometimes involving biohazardous body fluids, nasty chemicals and other messes that you really, really don’t want on your skin and even more importantly you don’t want cross-contaminating everything You touch afterward.

Most disposable gloves will do fine here, but you’re always better off going with a sturdy nitrile glove for best performance and to minimize the chances of any kind of allergic reaction, a rare but not entirely unseen problem with latex disposable gloves.

Unless you have humongous, manhole cover sized hands, typical one size fits all gloves will do fine, and make sure you grab ones that are powdered for easy donning if you are able.

two propane tanks
two propane tanks

Out of all the various liquid fuels that you can make use of during a survival situation, propane is probably one of the best.

Useful in a wide variety of applications, highly energetic and, most importantly, extraordinarily shelf stable propane works just as well at operating a backyard barbecue grill as it does a portable camping stove or a salamander space heater.

Now, propane might be tricky to get your hands on easily and efficiently under the circumstances we have described above. Nine times out of ten your large propane cylinders or barbecue tanks are locked up in a cage or otherwise kept in secure Storage and require employee interaction to open them.

Maybe you’ll be able to get one of these larger cylinders and maybe not, but if you can’t, you can get the smaller camping sized bottles freely in the outdoor gear section. Combine these with an adapter kit and you can hook them up to devices that typically require a larger cylinder.

You might be under the impression that your local gas station never runs out of fuel, but this is far from the truth.

Gas stations, like seemingly every other outlet in our modern society, are completely dependent upon regular, scheduled deliveries of gasoline from tanker trucks to refill those vast underground silos where they house it.

Under the circumstances, you had better believe that everyone with a motor vehicle is going to be filling up as quickly as they can, and likely several spare cans besides. This means that you’ll need to grab gasoline pronto.

You can avoid having to choose between supplies and gasoline by keeping your car above half empty at all times. In case you can’t, you might luck out and be able to grab gas at a station that does not currently have a line before moving on to the grocery store or elsewhere.

You don’t need me to tell you that food is a critical survival consideration. Although many folks often trot out the old line that you can go for several weeks without any food before starving, you must keep in mind that you’ll be badly debilitated both mentally and physically after just a couple of days with no or minimal food.

Food is fuel for working bodies and minds, and you must keep your calorie intake up so you’ll have the energy to do what needs to be done in order to survive.

You had better believe that all of your other competing shoppers know this instinctively and will be shoveling common grocery store fare into their carts as a result. You’ll do the same if you are smart.

As to what you should shop for, you want to Target items that are ideally shelf stable and ready to eat with no or minimal preparation.

canned beef vegetable soup
three jars of home canned beef vegetable soup

Canned goods, meals that come in foil pouches, granola bars, dried fruit, nuts and things like that. Stuff that you can simply open up and eat for reliable energy and nutrition, or heat up if you are able to make it more palatable.

Water is always a pressing survival priority because dehydration can strike comparatively quickly. Going even a whole day without any water can badly dehydrate you and that will lead to debilitating complications and death in fairly short order.

This is why any survival or prepping expert worth their salt will preach a water preparedness paradigm above most things.

Whatever kind of event has occurred, the likelihood of your public or private water system being compromised is fairly high. your access to water might be interrupted or shut off completely, meaning no water flows from the tap when you open it, or it might be contaminated by any number of nasty things you definitely don’t want to ingest.

A robust response to this problem is having alternate means to both source and treat water for safe consumption, but under the situation we have outlined above your best bet is to grab a large quantity of drinking water.

Bottles, jugs or whatever, make sure you grab it fast because it is going to go quicker than just about anything.

Soap might sound like the last thing on a list of survival essentials, but you would not be wise to underestimate its importance.

Washing your body, including your hands, is crucial for preventing the contamination of other people and possessions by germs, and you’ll be coming into contact with a lot of dirty, nasty and biohazardous things in a survival situation much of the top.

Greatly limiting or even eliminating this threat is as simple as washing your hands with soap and water, and making sure to periodically wash your whole body as normal even if you are only taking a sponge bath under the circumstances.

It is possible to go on at length about soap like anything else, but for our purposes the only thing that matters is that you have soap and know how to use it. Liquid, bar, whatever it will all get the germs off of you and help keep you clean.

Hand Sanitizer

Sometimes you won’t be able to access soap and water to wash your hands, but will still have a mighty need to nuke germs in order to prevent the spread of contamination. For the ultimate in portable germ killing efficacy, hand sanitizer, made with high test alcohol, is tops.

All you need to do is apply a generous dollop to one of your palms, then rub your hands briskly together in a typical hand washing motion taking special care to get between the fingers and under the fingernails, and you are all set.

This is another item that is all but certain to vanish pretty much instantly during the onset of a disaster since during a previous disaster involving an unspecified virus of unknown origin hand sanitizer bottles were hoarded like gold bars.

Even a modestly sized bottle should last you a long time especially if you’re using it as a supplementary tool to hand wash. A little dab will do you!

Hygiene Items

Hygiene items are yet another inclusion that might raise a few eyebrows at first glance. And although they might not be crucially important right away, taking care of your body over the long term it’s still important in order to prevent some show stopping maladies and diseases, to say nothing of unholy stench that will drive the people living with you completely mad.

A particular importance are specialized hygiene items for feminine care and certain medical conditions, so make sure you grab anything that you or your family requires for the purpose if needed.

Although not likely to be stampeded as rapidly as things like food, water and fuel these items will remain reasonably high on the priority lists of other shoppers.

Bleach is a survival superstar, not just a commodity for your daily laundry needs. When you seriously need to sterilize a hard, non-porous surface or even your own hands after handling something that is truly nasty, a strong bleach solution will do the trick.

Even more important to our needs, however, is the fact that regular, unscented, non-thickened chlorine bleach can be used to kill the harmful microorganisms hiding in contaminated water using nothing more than a few drops.

The ratio is fairly specific, so you’ll need a dropper or other precision metering device, but this is a skill that anyone can master with very little practice and a cheat sheet.

Hopefully this will be one item that most other shoppers won’t think of so there should be some waiting for you by the time you arrive at the store.

Just because you are late to the game of prepping or are woefully separated from your supplies does not mean you’re going to have to take your chances completely unprepared when disaster strikes.

If you act fast and have a little luck on your side, you will be able to snag these survival fundamentals before the herds of panicked shoppers get to them.

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By J.G. Martinez

If this mess of the past two years has taught me anything, it’s that gathering accurate information matters. There is no way to accurately predict the exact scope of a disaster months in advance. There is no means to accurately predict how quickly variables will change post-disaster. This is why the prepper needs accurate information. As the world changes around him, he needs to be aware of how it is doing so.

Information is what allows the prepper to adapt to his environment.

Our first priority after disaster is to make sure our loved ones are alright. For sanity’s sake, accurate information about the safety of loved ones is paramount. Even if we can’t communicate with our family immediately post-SHTF, there is a large degree of peace of mind which comes from knowing the extent, precise location, and nature of the chaos that has just taken place.

However, this is where we face something of a catch-22. We need accurate information more after the SHTF than we ever have before, but the very nature of a SHTF event means communication infrastructure has likely been damaged, shut down, or overwhelmed. 

With Venezuela’s usual power grid cuts, even the local radio stations stop broadcasting. Should a disaster strike during one of these times, you’re in something of a news vacuum. Imagine what would happen in a long-term situation. It’s rather concerning, is it not?

The only grid means of communication for us during these times is the old, reliable landline telephone. (That’s why I find the old-school BBSs I previously mentioned so appealing if this should happen someday.) The BBS system has a limited scope, though. However, there are other alternatives.

How to use the landline grid as a news source…

I’ve tinkered with computers ever since they first started finding their ways into private homes. (Yes, I’ve just revealed my age.) However, this long interest in computer science has helped me to grasp some interesting computer concepts which are of use to the prepper. 

Did you know you could connect two PCs using just the telephone line? Do you remember that old 1980s’ movie ? Within that movie, the main character is able to use his computer to gain access to another computer (coincidentally, the one that controls the US nuclear bomb arsenal) via a landline telephone.

Well, those old capabilities of landline computer connections remain intact. As long as phone landlines work, they can be used for transmitting updated information. Maybe not as instantly as the internet has us used to, but it’s better than nothing.

We have to understand that the only reason cellphones were so widely accepted was the combination of advantages they provided when compared with landlines. One of the lesser-known reasons cell phones flourished is because installing and maintaining a cellphone signal tower is way cheaper than maintaining thousands of kilometers of cable!

(Make sure to check out our free QUICKSTART Guide to learn how to stay fed after SHTF too. Comms doesn’t fill your belly!)

Cellphone towers are incredibly vulnerable. They cannot be relied upon for news post-SHTF.

Mind you, cellphone towers are very vulnerable to weather. When there is an entire staff available in charge of a tower’s maintenance, the tower will do its job. Once that staff disappears, it’s game over for wireless personal comms. The cellphone towers in my hometown were looted years ago, with the solar panels and batteries having long been stolen. So when the grid is down here in Venezuela, most of the cellphone operators are useless. 

On the negative side, the connection using dial-up is going to be snail speed compared to our 50+Mbps days. You’re talking 4.5 kbps snail speeds. While this is a tolerable speed for instant PC-to-PC messaging and file copying, it’s not going to allow you to do things requiring fast transfer speeds.

The reasons  of PC-to-PC over phone landlines (warning: link is in Spanish. Activate your translators) would work for our intended purpose, is that the news media will keep a record of the incoming number of people gaining access to their server, and that means accurate and reliable intel. If multiple people from an area are all reporting the same thing (e.g. there’s a fire at the factory), the news agency then knows that it’s not just a rumor. One person didn’t report the fire – 45 did. The news agency then knows they are transmitting accurate information.

This way, the readers/listeners will know the news is trustworthy as well. The other reason these PC-to-PC connections via landline are so important is that they permit reporters in the field to transmit via radio to the main station, and this information can then be uploaded to the information agency server in real-time.

Imagine a digital newspaper being available for free.

With subscribers connecting via landline and downloading the “news bulletin” in a matter of seconds, local information would be available every day. It could be even possible to program the news server fax the digital version of a “newspaper” to the subscribers. I don’t know about your area, but in Venezuela, landline services seem to be working without too much trouble, even though the Internet service often fails, or the wide band cost skyrockets. Even when the power is out here, PC-to-PC via landline still works here. I’ve checked.

(I’m not exactly a fan of anything wiki, but could provide some clarity to the main issue here: connecting two PCs to exchange information over the phone landlines.)

AM/FM radio broadcasting will still work.

This sort of communication will rely on power supplies. Let’s suppose this isn’t an issue, though, as the station has applied the principles of the . The best approach to preparing for post-disaster life is to assume that people will keep running their business as best as they can.

AM/FM radio has survived all of the technological changes through history. It’s even stronger now with the benefit of the internet. Radio broadcasts over the internet serve as a great means for instantly updated information. FM works better in the local environment.

Radio broadcasting equipment is less complex than computers, and doesn’t need the limited lifespan components to work such as a computer requires. In my area, I’ve been inside a number of radio stations, and the newest of them still has equipment which has been running flawlessly since the late ’80s. I asked and any small town electronics technician could repair it provided the parts can be found.

The main concern here is the necessary power level to broadcast. However, with intermittent broadcasting, I believe this could be easily managed. In the past, radio stations broadcasted for a limited time as well. I foresee radio stations behaving similarly in a post-disaster future.

Will TV still work?

Practically all of what applies for radio broadcasting is true for TV broadcasting as well. Any local station will still have its transmission equipment. Will you have the power supplies at your house to receive those broadcasts though? What about your TV, will you be able to turn it on? Will you be able to spare vital electricity – perhaps connected to your well pump or deep freezer – to run a TV? Is the cost worth it?

Are there other solutions for accurate information after SHTF?

Yes, there are several solutions to spread information post-SHTF. I won’t get into more details because of space. The possibilities certainly are plentiful, but not all of them are flexible enough to be used for every case. Do your homework to discover what is out there.

I won’t mention HAM radio either. It’s obviously the most universal approach, and has been a preferred communication tool for survivalists and preppers since the beginning. In particular, I believe that packet radio to transmit small amounts of data could be a boon for disaster news gathering.

There is plenty of material out there about the off-grid connection topic, and I recommend starting with learning about how to use your phone without the grid. Mind you, I’m no specialist in this sort of thing and there are plenty of technical details to consider.

These are just two solutions that work at the local level here in Venezuela. I believe they’ll work in yours as well.

Post-disaster news gathering is a fascinating, extensive topic plagued with tons of interesting details. Those with more information could add a lot to the conversation and help a lot of people by adding to the comments section. Thanks for reading!

Do you have some other thoughts on this? How do you plan to gather information after the SHTF? Share your ideas in the comments.

Jose is an upper middle class professional. He is a former worker of the oil state company with a Bachelor’s degree from one of the best national Universities. He has an old but in good shape SUV, a good 150 square meters house in a nice neighborhood, in a small but (formerly) prosperous city with two middle size malls. Jose is a prepper and shares his eyewitness accounts and survival stories from the collapse of his beloved Venezuela. Jose and his younger kid are currently back in Venezuela, after the intention of setting up a new life in another country didn’t  go well. The SARSCOV2 re-shaped the labor market and South American economy so he decided to give it a try to homestead in the mountains, and make a living as best as possible. But this time in his own land, and surrounded by family, friends and acquaintances, with all the gear and equipment collected, as the initial plan was.

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How to Get Accurate Information After SHTF

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After society crumbles, the ability to use the fiat currency which was in use before vanishes. Likewise, when politicians decide that certain people no longer should be able to purchase food, medicine, or healthcare, the ability to use the fiat currency which was previously stored becomes much more difficult. It’s in times like these that the ability to create a barter network matters.

What does this entail? Are there things I learned about this from living through the collapse of Venezuela? Absolutely, but first, we must understand that this is nothing unique. The creating of barter networks is absolutely nothing new.

Barter has history.

Trade is intrinsically tied to mankind. One doesn’t have to look far in ancient history to find semi-nomadic tribes living by the ocean exchanging seashells, salty fish, or textiles to get what they needed. When society returns to a primitive state, the means of exchange will as well.

In this article, I will limit myself to deal with physical bartering. Selco has covered pretty well the skills bartering topic in this article. Of course his experiences come from much more crude scenarios, if you will. Venezuela post-collapse was bad, but it wasn’t a literal war zone.

Like anything else, bartering has advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage? Not having to use money. This link elaborates on that.

What should you take in account for starting a bartering network?

Therefore, there are reasonable odds that all sort of people will end trying to barter all kind of goods. Once a critical mass of users is reached, some good measurements based on common sense are needed. And, of course, you have to be sure that bartering is for you.

The first factor to consider is this:

1. What platform are you going to use?

Are you going to use a social media profile? Is it safe to use social media to barter a couple of boxes of .22LR for 5.56 through this venue?

Is it safe attempting to exchange 5-oz of silver with someone who we don’t even know when SHTF? Should this person rip you off,  you can’t just go with the police to file a claim.” In this part of the world, it’s risky enough already even with a law enforcement infrastructure.

I would suggest those in smaller communities using an old-school style BBS message board, as a backup means for Internet-based barter/trading platforms.

Why? It’s much more likely to be “online” than the Internet! Just check this out. If anything happens to the web, we’re all pretty much deeply screwed. But (and it’s a big BUT), as long as the telephone lines keep working, the BBS will be there. If things really go sideways and the Internet is shut down for an extended period of time, then the BBS can prove to be a cheap and reliable communication means.

Furthermore, even if phone lines end by being wiped off for some reason, HAM is there to save the day. I find this useful for those looking to get rid of the Internet’s general lack of privacy. A well-tuned HAM system should be more than enough to keep us “connected.”

Maybe I should start a “Telegram service” with the nearby town so the producers up there could set up their trading before heading down the +20 km on bicycles or motorbikes?…A link system like this one would be useful for that, and it’s exactly the tool we would need on a local basis if the Internet stops working.

Once you have your platform figured out, you need to figure out the perception of what it is you have to trade.

2. Are your goods considered legal?

Some sort of disclaimer has to be in place, so you don’t end with a room full of stolen stuff. I’m sure many of our English-speaking readers keep the receipts of everything they buy. That’s very healthy.

Unfortunately, South Americans are…well, “different”, in this regard. Getting something used down here, therefore, means exposure to a potential problem, but tons of people do it daily out of need, though. I’ve personally refused extremely good deals because of the good’s owner hesitating when asked about the origin. I’ve been down here long enough to realize that around 30-40% of stolen goods here are sold via second-hand social media marketplaces.

This being said, it is always a good idea to develop a trusted, reliable, local, online community to avoid problems, whether “online” means on the Internet or using some other means.

If Venezuelan cops discover you have stolen goods – regardless of whether you knew about it or not – you end up being the one in trouble. I would expect to see similar attitudes elsewhere post-SHTF. Can you prove something is legitimately yours?

It’s because of this that it would be wise to figure out some means of proving to your customers within the network that the good is legit. Is this some form of hand-written receipt? A chit? You’ll have to figure this out for yourself.

3. Do you know the base value of your goods?

The “base value” is the current average price someone is willing to pay for your goods. You must know what the market barter value of goods is at the moment if you don’t want to get fleeced. Yes, this does take a bit of experimentation and risk, but you can greatly offset this risk by checking the market thoroughly.

Shop around. Ask prices. Figure out what others are asking for similar goods. You’ll get a much better idea of what you can ask yourself as well then.

(Make sure to check out our free QUICKSTART GUIDE  on the four levels of disaster to see how much this principle may apply to your barter network.)

4. Know who you’re dealing with.

Is the person of good reputation? How’s their background? Do you have mutual friends who can vouch for this person’s character? All of these are common sense questions that need to be done. The more you know, the more you can trust the product. Nobody wants to buy ground plaster rather than flour, and nobody wants to buy stolen goods. Selco wrote here about the potential dangers of trade.

Knowing your network is what helps you to avoid these types of situations. If you don’t know them, don’t deal with them. If you’re going to start a barter network you need to ensure it’s as reliable as possible. Don’t invite in those who can’t be trusted. The only thing that happens when these people weasel their way into a network is that people get hurt.

Don’t let it happen.

Bartering is part street-smarts, part art.

No man is an island, and this principle most certainly applies post-SHTF. You’re not going to be able to produce everything you need for yourself, and eventually somebody is going to have something you desperately need. Barter is what will get you your medicine, crutches, or Mason jars in this type of event.

But you need to know how to go about things properly if you don’t want to end up getting cheated or getting in trouble with any remaining law enforcement structure. So, think through the above tips! They are time-tested here in Venezuela and will help you to survive as well.

Do you have any barter network tips to add?  I look forward to hearing your comments!

Thanks for reading!

About Jose

Jose is an upper middle class professional. He is a former worker of the oil state company with a Bachelor’s degree from one of the best national Universities. He has an old but in good shape SUV, a good 150 square meters house in a nice neighborhood, in a small but (formerly) prosperous city with two middle size malls. Jose is a prepper and shares his eyewitness accounts and survival stories from the collapse of his beloved Venezuela. Jose and his younger kid are currently back in Venezuela, after the intention of setting up a new life in another country didn’t  go well. The SARSCOV2 re-shaped the labor market and South American economy so he decided to give it a try to homestead in the mountains, and make a living as best as possible. But this time in his own land, and surrounded by family, friends and acquaintances, with all the gear and equipment collected, as the initial plan was.

 Follow Jose on YouTube and gain access to his exclusive content on PatreonDonations: paypal.me/JoseM151 or the BTC address 3QQcFfK9GvZNEmALuVV8D6AUttChTdtReE

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