How to survive the end of the world

How to survive the end of the world

Have you ever thought about what would happen if everything we know the world to be, was to shut down. Imagine that we could no longer obtain the things that we depend on each and every day.

Surviving the end of the world is on a lot of peoples minds as television shows, movies and YouTube clips on this topic is in demand. We now take many things for granted that make our lives very easy but what if overnight they were gone?

If we ponder long enough on this, we may start to realise that our money won’t save us if the economy goes belly up.

So what would keep us going and keep bread on the table if money no longer had any value? Could we survive? What things could we stock pile now that would help us barter for item’s and what skills could we acquire now that we could use in a post apocalyptic world?

We will consider what will have value and what won’t in this post

Gold and silver

People will revert back to gold and silver once money has lost its value. Looking look back in history you will discover that banks hold the upper hand when it comes to your money.

If the economy crashes, banks will pay back everyone at the top of the pyramid and then that money will gradually filtrate down to the bottom. So if you think you are safe having your money tied up in a bank, think again. History shows that banks can simply shut their doors

In recent times countries such as Venezuela have been suffering at the hands of government where corruption thrives. Inflation has been so high in this country, that a truckload of cash still wouldn’t buy your grocery shopping. Pretty frightening if you’re under prepared.

People are starting to invest their cash into gold and silver and putting it in a safe place (buried underground most of the time). There’s a lot of uncertainty in the stock market lately as you don’t have to look far to see gold rising and stocks starting to drop. This forecast is quite worrying as hesitation in the market could lead to an economic collapse.

Gold and silver won’t have value for to long after a post apocalyptic world. This is because you can’t eat gold and silver and it’s only use will be for utensils. Or in the case of silver its use could be for circuitry and technology after a long period of time

Some say gem stones are worth investing in and would be good to use as a bartering item, but not many people can determine what is a real stone from a fake. I think a lot of people will steer away from using gem stones to barter with

Vice products

Vice products will be the source of currency. Here in Australia you have what’s called the beer economy. When you carry out a job for a friend such as carpentry, plumbing etc. you get paid with a cartoon of beer. This seems to work very well with both parties are left happy




Cigarettes and cigars would be worth storing now and could be a great item to barter with in a cashless world. Having several boxes of cigarettes and cigars lying around will become very handy



After everyone breaks in and steals all the alcohol in the stores throughout the world and all of the good stuff has been consumed, people will desire a drink from time to time.

The problem with alcohol is that it’s big and bulky and takes up a large area of space. I suggest that you store spirits and not beers because you get more bang for your buck with spirits.

If you were the only man in your neighborhood that had bottles of single malt whiskey and over proof rum imagine how popular you would be. You would definitely need good security around your precious stash, from people wanting to steal it. (guard dog)



You will definitely be able to trade pills like currency in a post grid down situation. You can definitely bet your bottom dollar that you will be hard up even finding an aspirin. Painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen will be on high demand, as well as cough and cold remedies, and the list of medications for illnesses are endless.


In history, bullets have been used to trade. In the old west men would trade bullets for a drink of alcohol. I’m pretty sure that’s where the term shot glass came from. It was because you could trade a drink for a bullet.

Carrying guns would increase in a post apocalyptic world and that’s where if you have a stock pile of weapons and ammunition, you will be in hot demand. Personally I like crossbow’s and compound bows, as I can fashion my own arrows and have as many as I need on standby.



If people Required to get themselves going again in the garden they will want seeds. Having a well researched seed bank now will guarantee that you and your family can survive a time like this. If the government falls hard economically and can’t supply the people with food, seeds will be a good item for trading.

Coffee and tea

Coffee and tea products will be highly valuable and will be needed. Everywhere you go now people are drinking coffee and tea in the truck loads. Coffee will certainly be king



Having batteries properly packaged and stored also will be a great asset. However, batteries don’t store for a long period so you may want to come up with different methods of harnessing power. Solar power and wind turbines directing power back into batteries is a good option.

Spices, sugar and seasonings

Once upon a time pepper was worth its weight in gold literally!

  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Fennel seeds
  • Cumin
  • Curry powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger and garlic powder

These are just some off the items that will be in high demand and also they store for a long period.



Gasoline, butane, kerosene, oil, propane where are you going to get it?

Just sit and wait at any gas station long enough to see all the automobiles filling up. Stay long enough and you will notice fuel tankers off loading their supplies multiple times a day to keep these stations going.

Imagine the grinding halt that would occur if fuel supply stopped? Everything would stop. Hospitals, buses, trains, airplanes, cars, trucks, shopping centers, electricity companies, water supply and the list goes on and on


What skills can I offer to a post apocalyptic, cashless world?

The man or woman who

  • Brews the beer
  • Can pull out a sore tooth
  • Can cut and butcher meats
  • Can hunt game and catch fish
  • Can tan hide and make jerky
  • Can make clothes
  • Can make an ice cube (science)
  • Can craft using metal and wood
  • Can entertain people
  • Can treat illnesses naturally
  • Can grow food
  • Can generate power
  • Can make a coffee
  • Can make glass and pottery

And I could go on forever.


It’s never too late to learn some skill that our grandparents, grandparents used to know. You can find lots of classes on-line or in your area to learn some of these fazed out skills. Sometimes its just asking your old neighbor or perhaps your grandfather how things were done in the old days.

Pick up some books on different survival topics at your local library and educate yourself on these.

Start storing items that will be handy to have, for bartering purposes

Make for yourself a good preppers pantry to have all these organized and do a stock take on these items regularly to check for any spoiled items.

Thank you for reading my blog and I’m interested in what you thought.

Any questions please feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP




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