by Shane White
Many steps can be taken now to make sure you are prepared and are self reliant for after the coming apocalypse. You need to be sure you have your short term supplies, a place to go, plans on where you are getting your food, where you will be living, and you have self protection. What am I missing?
Well...Let me tell you something. Even the best laid out plans have holes in them. You may have thought of everything but it is almost a certainty that you have forgotten something. After the event is not a good time at all to find this out.
When you discover you have missed something critical, what do you do? You had better make sure that you have preparations to have something valuable that you can trade to your neighbors for things they have that you may need. If you have something that they need and they have something you need, then you have an ideal arrangement.
Here are some ideas for things that most people will need that you can use for trade:
Whatever you do, make your plan to have something that is useful for trade. Whether it be food, water, gold, raw talent, or something else. There is no way you will be able to produce everything that you will need for the long term. Be as self sufficient as possible, but also be prepared to establish trade relationships with your neighbors. Many of them may not have any trade plans, or even survival plans. If you make plans, you will have a better chance for survival, and may even do quite well long term.
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