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Top Skills for the Barter

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How To Make Vodka at Home — You can make your own vodka and store it for a barter item. Alcohol will be in short supply and in a SHTF situation, people will be desperate to get away from all the calamity and chaos, so alcohol will be top on peoples to get list.


Preppers can fall into the terrible habit of STUFF. It’s not uncommon for us to seek out all the answers in stuff.

That is one of the reasons we love barter so much. With barter, we can get more stuff from others, and all we need is extra stuff. 

Things like toilet paper and seeds go a long way in the barter world. We like to hang onto those things. We want stores of those things around all the time. Frankly, we cannot get enough of them. 

However, we should also consider the skills to barter with. We need to have skills to barter with as well. It shouldn’t be just about what we have on hand. Let’s look at some of the most important skills to practice and use for the barter. 

Making Alcohol

It’s a fun little hobby to practice, and it can be a powerful difference-maker when you need to barter with people.

Alcohol withdrawal can kill you! For those who need a drink, the barter becomes a serious deal. You can also boost morale with a little drink. 

Try your hand at making something like vodka.


Your ability to manipulate metal in times of disaster could make a world of difference. You see, there is more metal around us than anything else! It’s such a powerful piece of our lives. We don’t even see it but is all around us. 

Rudimentary blacksmithing is an essential piece of the puzzle for anyone looking to build skills for the barter. 

General Repairs

Maintenance. Things still break down and need repair after SHTF. You still need a roof, windows, and the like.

If you can maintain it, then you don’t need to worry about bartering for or creating a new one. If you have general contracting or repair skills, they will be like gold!