Updated on November 10, 2022
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The Best Items for a Hangover Recovery Kit
There’s nothing worse than a hangover when you have to report for activities in the morning. That’s why hangover kits have become a trend for vacations, weddings and bachelorette parties. It’s an excellent way to give your guests an extra hop in their step to get them on that boat, or at that brunch with grandma after the wedding.
Making your own hangover kits will allow you to personalize them, and accommodate guests who don’t drink. You can customize the kits to fit the theme of your activities, and they’ll take care of a party favor idea. We’ve rounded up some of the best items for a hangover kit to get you started!
Hydration Packets for Hangover Kits
First, you’re going to want to keep your guests hydrated. While dehydration is not a symptom of a hangover, it’s one of the causes. This is because alcohol suppresses the release of the hormone that tells the kidneys to retain fluid. The result is alcohol being a diuretic. So, after a wild bachelorette party full of shots, everyone’s going to need a little extra hydration in the morning.
Throw some Liquid IV into your hangover kits so your guests can start kicking that hangover before it’s time to get on the boat.
Personalized Water Bottles
What better item to pair with hydration packets than a personalized water bottle? They’ll have no excuse to not hydrate themselves! Custom water bottles are a perfect souvenir for any kind of trip, especially if you may have planned hiking for the morning after. (we wouldn’t, but who knows!) Hydration is always key for recovering after a night out, so why not make it fun?
For the eco-friendly guests, why not include reusable straws? You can create themed ones to match the rest of your hangover kit, and they can take them to the bar or use them in the morning. You may even instruct everyone to save them for a specific event.
Mints and/or Gum
Did you know that alcohol can cause bad breath? In fact, around 90% of the alcohol that’s consumed is converted into acetic acid. Acetic acid can have a foul smell that resembles vinegar. If you’ve ever been too close to someone who spent the previous night downing liquor, you likely know this smell.
To avoid your guests spreading halitosis around town, throw some mints or gum into their hangover kit.
Makeup Removing Wipes
Makeup wipes are an extremely popular hangover kit item. Hotel products can be rough on the skin, and a makeup wipe is a great way to clean your face with little effort in a drunken state. These mini makeup remover wipes are perfect for a bachelorette party hangover kit.
Hand sanitizer is always great to have on hand during any type of travel. In the era of COVID-19, it’s an essential that almost everyone carries with them. A travel size bottle of hand sanitizer is the perfect addition to a hangover kit so your guests are prepared at all times. Bring extra with you just in case they run out, as well.
One of the most common hangover symptoms is an upset stomach. This is because alcohol causes irritation to the stomach lining by increasing the production of stomach acid. Too much stomach acid can result in nausea and vomiting, which is never pleasant on vacation. Add Tums or another antacid to your hangover kits to help your guests kick any stomach issues.
Sunblock is a commonly forgotten item on trips. If you’re heading somewhere warm, put some packets or travel size bottles in your hangover kits.
Tide to Go or Shout Wipes
The prior evening was likely a mess, literally and figuratively. Being intoxicated can decrease cognitive function, which can result in clumsiness and more spills. Washing your clothes at a hotel can be difficult, so equip your guests with stain removing products to make their lives easier. They’re great to pop in your purse just in case a mess strikes at any moment.
While you shouldn’t take any type of painkillers while drinking alcohol, NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen may help in the morning. This is because alcohol increases inflammation in the body. So, taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen may help ease hangover symptoms. It also comes in handy if someone has a headache while traveling, whether they’ve been drinking or not.
Before adding any type of medicine to your hangover kit, make sure to ask guests if they have any allergies.
Under Eye Masks
A night of partying likely means not enough sleep. Gel under eye masks can help with puffiness in the face to have your guests feeling refreshed and good about their brunch looks! They’re also fun to put on together as a group and hang out for some bachelorette bonding.
Sometimes doing your hair is just too much, especially if you’re hungover. Your hangover kit should include dry shampoo which can be a total life saver. It’s also excellent for freshening up between activities and good to have around in general.
Accidents happen, so it’s always good to be prepared! As we mentioned, alcohol can impair cognitive function, which can result in more accidents. So, make sure everyone has their own set of bandages just in case!
When you’re hungover, eating is essential to get your energy back up. Add some snacks into your hangover kits so your guests can get energized to get up and moving for the day. It’s important to note that there are foods that should be avoided that can make hangovers worse. Read all about them in our guide to the best and worst hangover foods here.
Ask your guests if they have any allergies or dietary restrictions before adding snacks.
If your guests are sharing a space, ear plugs are a must. That way, everyone will get rest on their own time, even if others are still up partying. Keep some extra on hand just in case they go missing, as well.
Personalized Sleep Masks
Along with ear plugs, a personalized sleep mask will help your guests get some shut eye. Everyone is going to need a lot of rest, and a sleep mask can help guests sleep in to get a proper amount even after a late night.
You’re going to need something to put the hangover kit in, right? Why not make it a tote bag so your guests have something practical to keep as a memento? A tote bag can be easily customized from a print on demand shop, and your guests will love carrying it around with them.
Ready to Create Your Hangover Kit?
Lastly, creating a theme will help you put together a totally awesome hangover kit that everyone will love. If you plan to put items such as Ibuprofen in the hangover kit, make sure no one has any allergies to anything. As always, drink responsibly and have fun!