In the previous edition and this one, we are discussing items for bartering, including some safety considerations. In this article, we will explore some ways to transport your barter items, with consideration to the safety precautions discussed in some other articles.
Firstly, your options for transporting your items is going to depend on how well you prepped and what the SHTF event is. If you don’t have a vehicle, then you are going to have to look at other options. You might want to consider developing some relationships by going to local flea markets now and start bartering, this way you develop relationships and some bartering skills. Post SHTF it is likely that known flea markets will be some of the first to start back up again.
Post SHTF most people are going to want food and water, so if you have some to spare you are going to be able to ask almost anything. At the same time, you need to be aware that people are going to be willing to do almost anything to get those items, so never take a large number of items. You are going to want to hide what you do have, and only display what you are willing to barter immediately, and make sure you have an overwatch, someone close to you to watch your back, but try to pick a location where someone can’t come up behind you, and a means of rapid egress.
If you have a vehicle, you are going to want to keep your stuff covered inside, and someone must always be in the vehicle ready to go at a moments notice. Again, early post SHTF you are going to attract a lot of attention with a vehicle, but at the same time it will provide you the easiest way to carry stuff, and the fastest way to get out.
Wagons and carts are going to be a good way to move items. The regular ones you see all the time in box stores usually have a weight limit around 125lbs, and the wheels are thin, so they are not good for rough terrain. The advantage is that if you buy a few now for daily hauling items from your car to house, you will have them around. They do collapse and fold fairly flat, so they are easy to store.
Better carts are the kind you find for gardening; they usually don’t fold and have metal sides but have wider wheels and will take more weight. I found some called Gorilla Carts and they have models with 400lb, 600lb, 800lb, and 1000lb payload capacity. In fact, the prices are about the same as the folding ones.
With the carts, you are going to need something to cover your items, and in such a way that you only expose a small number when making deals. You may want to use bungee cords across the top to help keep your cover on, and items secure in the cart.
Another type of cart are those used to move boxes, usually called a hand cart or hand truck. You can find these in almost all box stores, and like the carts mentioned above, they have the varying capacity. You will find these hand carts with different types of wheels, depending on the load they are designed to carry. Some are designed for items like boxes so the footplate may not be that large. With these, you can use any kind of box or crate and tie or secure it to the frame, so it doesn’t fall off. Some are designed to also lay flat with a smaller set of wheels that are at one end. The smaller set of wheels make it difficult over non-smooth surfaces, so these would not be ideal to be able to run with if you need to move quickly.
Smaller, and easier to move with, are bags. Obviously, you want a sturdy bag, and plastic grocery bags would not be ideal. A backpack is a good choice, and you can sling it on your bag and move quickly. Obviously, you should limit the weight you carry so you can move quickly, this is especially important early post SHTF when people are more likely to use any means to get what they want.
Whatever you choose, always be aware of your surroundings and what situation you might be walking into, scope it out first before you walk in with items to barter. Choose a method that will allow you to keep your items secure from prying eyes, and allow you the means to escape quickly should you need to. The first few times you go to barter only take a few items, and nothing that you can’t afford to walk away from if everything goes south. At the end of the day remember you have family and friends that are waiting for you to return home.
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