Any stash of goods will be about as worthless as any other stash of goods. Many people have given good responses such as booze, cigarettes, food and
the like. However, here are some more facts that you may want to think about.
Firstly are the factors necessary for these commodities of possible trade that need to be kept in mind. Whatever goods that you are considering these
are the following factors to consider.
It should be portable. The more portable it is the better.
It should have a use value over and above an intrinsic trade value.
It should not be degradable or should not degenerate quickly.
It should be durable and subject to harsh conditions without loss of use or value
However, there are many things to consider about goods for the end times. The first is livelihood. People need bread and security. Food, weapons, and
travel methods will always be the most valuable commodities in war torn areas. So, what are also the most important things in war torn areas are food
preservation equipment and methods, military tactics and training, knowledge and equipment of escape, evasion, and basic survival.
In the military, if you are going to be going to a war torn area then they will give you materials and training on what basic editable survival
materials are available in the area. As well, you will be given knowledge on how to build shelters in your area with the available materials that are
fit to the climate conditions.
Do you have a survival manual for your area? Do you know what can you eat from the street and how to prepare it? Do you have a map of your area that
lists sources of fresh water or escape and evasion routs? Do you have a plan for movement, or do you simply plan to sit at home? If so, how do you
plan to protect your home? Bullets will go right through most dwelling walls and door
If you are looking to store food then get the kind that is freeze dried and available to store for over 30 years. If you are looking to buy guns and
bullets then focus more on .22 caliber survival weapons as much as you would shotguns or long rifles. Do you know first aid? Do you have any basic
medical gear? Do you know how to sew?
Also, one of the most important things to remember about war torn environments is, as mentioned by someone else, being able to provide a skill to
someone else. Can you sew? Do you have any mechanical equipment than can be used for income without electricity like a manual sewing machine, manual
washing machine or other such equipment? Wax in abundance might be as well a commodity to buy as gold in that it can be cleaned, sterilized and reused
in many cases. Start thinking like you were in the 1700’s and then you will begin to see things clearly.
Life will not end before it degrades for a long time. The great depressions were ten years before world war two started. Can you farm? Do you have
land to farm on? If you haven’t tried it yet, you need to take this year to learn some basic farming techniques. Remember that many ships are sent
across the seas today for trade in spices, sugar, and other basic goods. Can you grow them? Do you know how to sail if you had too? Can you fish?
I hope that you are beginning to see that you can survive in the hard times if you start thinking about the old times. Your ancestors did it, so you
can too, just start getting involved and keep learning the skills that you need.
Surviving any period of time or place is not so much about goods as it is about knowledge and abilities.
edit on 25-2-2011 by Hot_Wings because: (no reason given)