When Lee approached me about doing a guest post, I was taken by surprise. Why in the world does this dude want to post something on my blog? And about prepping? Sheesh. Has he lost his mind? We aren't like those Doomsday Preppers on TV. Sheesh....
Then Rambob stepped in and confirmed it. Why yes, yes we are preppers. *gasp* WHAT!? HOW!? WHEN.DID.THIS.HAPPEN!? Noooooooo!!!!
After much thought, I must agree. We are preppers. We hunt. We fish. We butcher and process our own meat. We garden. We can. We make wine. We sew. We have bug out bags and bins (thanks to being married to a retired military officer and 9/11) We have survivial skills. We are preppers. Dang it.....LB
Bartering After the Apocalypse: Having the Right Stuff
The current level of interest in the apocalypse is higher than perhaps at any other time in history. The theories abound: some centered on the Mayan calendar and it’s supposed prediction that the end of the world will hit on December 21st of this year, others on solar flares that are on track to hit planet Earth and annihilate all mankind, or another theory suggesting that a so-called Planet X (believed to be a brown dwarf star hidden by the sun) will enter the solar system and destroy everyone. Plenty of people believe, quite passionately, in these or other theories but even if you aren’t one of them you have probably spent some time thinking about what to do in a crisis situation. The recent pattern of severe natural disasters alone is cause for some preoccupation about how to survive when the world seems to have turned upside down. Although it isn’t pleasant to think about, the probability of being involved in some type of catastrophe is not altogether unlikely and none of us want to feel underprepared if we find ourselves in that type of situation.
One of the most essential aspects of emergency preparation is food storage. Much has been said about the necessity of having a good store of Emergency Foods and there are now more options for finding, storing and planning out a supply than ever before. Some of the benefits are pretty obvious—food is a necessity so having a good supply brings peace of mind now and would be invaluable if disaster were to strike. Other benefits are less immediately apparent—rotating food storage and incorporating it into your day-to-day meal plans is a great way to stretch your grocery budget without sacrificing taste or quality. One other benefit, however, is commonly overlooked, despite being a potentially crucial advantage.
If (or maybe when) doomsday eventually comes, one of the most foreign and intimidating probabilities is that our current economic system will be completely displaced. In a world where paper money is valueless and credit is worth even less, it is hard to fathom how we could possibly acquire the things that we need. Although the “end of the world” has yet to occur and no one can be exactly sure what to expect, we do have good reason to believe that the dominant economic system will be based on bartering. Situations occurring after devastating wars or the rebuilding that took place in post-communist Germany, for example, lead most experts to assume that a fairly primitive system of trade will dominant society in a post-apocalyptic world. If that is indeed the case, we will all want to be sure we have something worth trading.
In that scenario the luxuries will quickly lose value because they have little practical application in a survival of the fittest society. Experts predict that the basic necessities will be of the most value so a good supply of clean drinking water and nutrient rich food storage will not only be invaluable to your directly, it could also be extremely beneficial in terms of trade. While it is probably wisest to stock up on the basics, many have suggested that sweets, specifically chocolate, will be of high demand and could be big bartering chips.
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Lee Flynn is a freelance writer and expert in outdoor survival