These Hydration Packets Are Essential for Hangovers, Post-Workout Recovery, and More

Danielle St. Pierre
Photo credit: Hydrant

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There are a lot of cool things out there that make us wonder — do they really work? In our I Tried It series, we set out to use them in the real world and have determined that, in fact, they really do.

On Trial: Hydrant Rapid Hydration Mix

Tester: Danielle St. Pierre, lover of imbibing tasty alcoholic beverages every now and again; hater of the nearly inevitable nasty hangover that follows

The Brief: As resident food/drink editor here at BestProducts.com, let's just say I'm no stranger to a hangover. Whether I've been at a wine tasting or had three one too many whiskeys at home, I can attest to the fact that there is truly nothing worse than waking up feeling groggy, depleted, and dehydrated.

I've tried every hangover remedy under the sun, from CBD hangover patches to herbal liver tinctures to good ol’ H20, but to no avail. Nothing was ever able to effectively quench my thirst and reset my body back to full hydration mode.

Then I tried Hydrant Rapid Hydration Mix. Designed to rehydrate the body quickly and effectively using simple, real ingredients, these powdered hydration sticks are lightly flavored with real fruit juice and deliver up to three times the electrolytes of the average sports drink — minus the artificial ingredients and nonsense.

Photo credit: Hydrant

After receiving my first variety pack of the individually packaged hydration mixes, I was excited to give these a rip. The variety pack included three yummy flavors: grapefruit, blood orange, and lime. In the ingredient list were only good things: cane sugar (though only 6-7 grams per serving), natural fruit powder and flavor, and essential electrolytes including sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc.

Cocreated by a University of Oxford-trained biologist who was determined to create his own hydration mix made with clean, simple electrolytes, Hydrant's first run was back in 2017. After some nifty rebranding, Hydrant has found its footing in the hydration replenishment space.

Note: I also tested out a bag of Hydrant's caffeinated hydration sticks, which each contain the above ingredients, plus 200 milligrams of L-theanine and caffeine from green tea. Each individual packet contains about as much caffeine as one cup of coffee.

Though groundbreaking as a caffeinated product in the hydration market, I personally found the texture of these mixes to a bit clumpier and difficult to dissolve into water — they required some heavy shaking. But if you're looking for a caffeine kick, you should definitely check out this variety.

Closing Argument: Whether you're slightly hungover, exhausted after a tough workout, or feeling under the weather, I highly recommend Hydrant Rapid Hydration Mix. Packed with an efficient balance of only the ingredients your body needs to rehydrate and refuel, Hydrant will quickly become your new best friend.

Hydrant offers a monthly subscription for $30. You can also purchase a 30-pack pouch of each flavor individually (or a variety pack).

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