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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 the 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.
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.
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!
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.