We’ve all been here: tired, hungover and in need of some much needed support. Unfortunately, often times when we’re drinking, we don’t set out things we might need for the next day when we’re hungover, like water and painkillers. What usually happens is you fall into bed drunk and wake up the next day feeling gross.
The best way to avoid this is by making hangover kits for a variety of situations – from weddings, birthday and holidays. That way when the lethargy hits and you want nothing but to curl up in bed, at least you already have a handy hangover kit ready to help you get through it.
The best way to start is to gather up some boxes, tupperware containers or bags that you can use to house your hangover kit.
Here are some hangover kit ideas to stash around your house for when you need it most.
The DIY Hangover Kit
This is the go-to hangover kit when you’ve had a great night out but you also need to be productive the next day. It has everything you need to wake up from your hangover and still be able to function properly.
A DIY Hangover Kit includes things like:
- Bottled water
- Advil or other pain killers
- Sobur hangover cure
- Hand sanitiser
- Mouth wash
- Gum or mints
- Granola bar
- Body wash
While these ones are not necessities, these other options are great to have as well:
- Eye drops
- Ginger ale
Wedding Hangover Kit
At most weddings, copious amounts of alcohol is consumed (especially if it’s an open bar). A Wedding Hangover Kit can work very well as wedding favours for your guests, or even for the Bride and Groom! This kit should include:
- Bottled water or juice box (or both!)
- Snack bar
- Travel size mouthwash and eye drops
- Mints or gum
- Headache relief medication, such as Advil or Tylenol
- Eye mask
- Body wash
- Makeup remover wipes
Whichever combination you decide to go with, it’s smart to do a little research into measures you can take to lessen the effects of hangovers overall so that you’re only forced to dive into your hangover survival kits occasionally.
Simple Hangover Kit Ideas
Just from looking at the kit lists above, it’s obvious that there are a few key items that should make up any good hangover kit. Below are some key suggestions that should be included in any hangover kit, for any occasion, and some other food tips to help your hangover.
Water is key in curing hangovers! A big part of the reason you feel horrible the day after drinking a lot of alcohol is due to dehydration. Drinking water before, during and after consuming alcohol will help a lot.
What about when your stomach is too queasy for even water? Try sipping carbonated mineral water. The bubbles of sparkling water will help ease your nausea and water brands like S. Pellegrino contain sodium and potassium which are two things you lose when drinking alcohol.
Body wash or bath soap
Having a nice hot shower or bath can do wonders for making you feel relaxed after a night of drinking. Whether you prefer a shower or a bath, the water and fragrant soap will wash off the toxins you’ve been sweating and help you feel better.
The protein in eggs provides the body with needed energy and they also contain large amounts of cysteine, a chemical that breaks down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde. Eggs can act like a mop, helping to clean up the lingering toxins in your body and help reduce your hangover symptoms.
Bananas can help replenish lost electrolytes and potassium in a hungover body, as well as laying a healthy base for a queasy stomach. Similar potassium-rich fruits like kiwis and apricots can work just as well.
Sprite or any brand of fizzy lemonade
As we’ve shown before, Sprite and fizzy lemonades are semi-effective hangover cures by themselves. Make sure to include some in your emergency hangover kit for when you need it most.
Low-fat, sodium-rich food
An old remedy said that breakfasts and fry-ups with lots of greasy bacon are a great idea to cure hangovers, but resist (if you can). The body responds much better to lighter foods like crackers or whole-wheat toast when hungover. These foods deliver energy, sodium and electrolytes, alleviating some hangover symptoms. Having a strong base of food in your stomach before you start drinking alcohol can also help slow the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream.
Sobur Hangover Cure
Sobur is the best hangover cure on the market and contains dihydromyricetin, a herbal extract touted by New Scientist and Wired magazine to be one of the only modern day hangover remedies that actually work.
Two pills of Sobur, taken either before going to bed after drinking or in the morning after waking up, will help eradicate your hangover completely. Sobur works to leave you clear-headed and ready to take on the day ahead of you.