3) Absorb Odors
Charcoal’s porous qualities (especially active charcoal) allow it to soak in the foul odors permeating the air. It can also help to soak in body odor smells from shirts or odors/moisture from shoes.
It’s important to remember that charcoal will leave residue on the item you set it on, so wrap it in a towel you don’t mind dirtying before setting it on the item.
4) Help Heal A Wound
Infected wounds can be the death of you if left untreated in a survival situation. Luckily, charcoal can help save your life. Wrap the charcoal in cloth and secure it against the infected wound; the charcoal will pull out the infection and moisture from the wound and absorb it, helping you stay alive.
Note: If you don’t have charcoal handy, this first-aid kit will help heal your wounds as well) it’s got plenty of gauze and bandages, as well as antibiotic ointment, burn cream, alcohol prep pads, antiseptic towelettes, and pain relievers.
5) Stop Diarrhea
Having diarrhea is one of the quickest ways to dehydration) and that’s bad news in a survival situation. Charcoal naturally causes constipation, and swallowing a slurry of charcoal and water can help stop diarrhea so you can rehydrate and replenish your nutrients.
As you can imagine, this is a pretty crappy situation to be in; however, you can make it easier on yourself with a Reliance Hassock Toilet, which contains a toilet paper holder, removable inner bucket for easy waste disposal, and inner splash cover. Be sure to line the toilet with leak-proof trash bags, which have handles for easy transporting.
6) Use As A Writing Utensil
That residue charcoal leaves behind can actually work in your favor if you need to convey a message to someone. You can use charcoal to write on things like paper, rocks, or even bark; this is extremely useful when signaling for help, or for helping leave clues of your whereabouts to rescue teams.
Note: Another incredibly useful survival writing utensil is our Tactical Pen Knife. It writes like a pen but contains a secret tactical knife for stealthy and effective self-defense against your enemies.
7) Filter Water
Ground up charcoal is excellent at purifying water; it does this by taking out the dirt, debris and harmful contaminants in the water. Charcoal can filter water either by itself or when coupled with other materials, like sand.
Activated charcoal is best for this filtration method, as it’s more porous than normal charcoal. If you don’t know how to make activated charcoal, scroll up to see the video in section #2: Help Stop The Poison.
Here’s a video of a homemade charcoal water filter; you’ll be amazed at how the charcoal turns the disgusting, muddy water into clear, pure drinking water.