Total collapse of society and the economic system isn’t hard to imagine. In fact right now, the global financial situation isn’t looking too good. Don’t believe me? Then check out – what is currently going on will literally blow your mind. In fact leading economists all agree that the world is headed for a major economic collapse much worse than the Great Depression. And that crisis has been predicted to occur near the end of 2015. After an economic collapse, many people will fall back to bartering as a method of trading. I have put this list (which is in no particular order) together after analysing the greatest human needs in major disasters such as Hurricane Katrina which occurred in 2005 and the Balkan Wars of the ’90s.

  1. Tarps (heaps of uses)
  2. Reading glasses
  3. Garbage Bags
  4. Protective Equipment (P2 masks, goggles etc)
  5. Wool Blankets
  6. Sewing Supplies
  7. Bleach (fantastic stuff)
  8. Condy’s Crystals
  9. Fixed blade hunting and survival knives
  10. Basic tools for doing repairs
  11. Toiletry Items (including toilet paper and feminine hygiene products)
  12. Baby Stuff (nappies, wipes, clothes, toys etc)
  13. Cigarettes, coffee (can be a pretty popular barter item even if you don’t smoke or drink coffee)
  14. BiC lighters and matches
  15. All kinds of batteries – preferably rechargeable (#1 thing to go first in Hurricane Katrina was batteries believe it or not)
  16. Hand cranked chargers
  17. Solar chargers
  18. Two way radios, scanners and AM/FM radios
  19. Fuel (gas, diesel, petrol, propane, metho, kero)
  20. Portable gas or propane camping stoves
  21. Spices (eventually food will get boring and people will do anything to get nice tasting food)
  22. Fishing gear
  23. Survival kits
  24. Fully packed go bags
  25. Alcohol for medicinal purposes
  26. Antibiotics (probably the most in-demand medical item post apocalypse)
  27. Water filters
  28. Books/games – life will be boring so people will want some good books and games to pass the time especially if the power is out
  29. Salt (heaps of uses)
  30. Sugar
  31. Honey
  32. Ice (and I don’t mean the drug kind; for keeping any fridge food from perishing)
  33. Seeds – for planting crops
  34. Canned Food
  35. Candles/Torches

But… if you were to ask me what the “Top 10” would be, here it is:

  1. Canned Food/MRE’s – Everybody’s got to eat at some point. In a really dire situation people will fight over a simple #10 can of baked beans.
  2. Bottled Water – Just like food, water is necessary for life but 10 times more crucial. Remember the rule of 3’s: you can go without food for 3 weeks and water for 3 days.
  3. Water Filters – I don’t think the average Joe has ever seen or heard about a water filter other than the one installed in their kitchen sink, but after some sort of crisis where water shortages are guaranteed, the hordes will soon realise that clean water is necessary for life and that filters are just one way to access it from creeks, streams etc. Drinking from a dirty water source will take some getting used to for the inexperienced inner-city dwelling person who’s hard-wired to think that water comes only in the form of bottled water from Coke vending machines.
  4. First Aid Supplies (including antibiotics) – Antibiotics are probably one of the most in-demand medicines after any crisis.
  5. Toilet Paper – I don’t know whether any of you have ever experienced that sinking feeling when you realise you’re out of TP whilst on the loo. Not a very pleasant experience for sure, but just think about how much worse it will get in a worse case scenario. Toilet paper is currently cheap and in plentiful supply, so stock up on it while you can. It will be in big demand later.
  6. Feminine Hygiene Products – No further explanation is required.
  7. Batteries – I don’t need to tell you what batteries are for. In Hurricane Katrina, the first thing that went flying off the shelves was batteries.
  8. Propane – Powering small camping stoves.
  9. BiC lighters and matches – For lighting candles and gas stoves.
  10. Candles/torches – If the power is out, I don’t think anyone wants to be sitting inside there house alone in the dark.

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