Looking for tips on making your very own DIY hangover kit? Are you gearing up for a night of heavy drinking?
Whether it’s a big night out with your pals, a ballgame at your alma mater, or even a family reunion, you’ll want to come prepared.
From a dry mouth to nausea, the morning after a boozy bash is never as glamorous as the night before. Nothing snaps you back to reality quite like waking up with a bass drum pounding in your head.
The good news? You can help curb your hangover symptoms with a little pre-game preparation.
While you’re stocking up on alcohol, don’t forget to create a DIY hangover kit! This way, you can enjoy the second day as much as you did the first.
Follow along as we share all the must-have essentials to keep on hand so you can enjoy your celebration with confidence.
What to put inside a DIY hangover kit
1. Bottled Water and Rehydration Sachets
We tend to blame it on the alcohol itself, but the reality is that most of the nasty, dreaded hangover symptoms are actually attributed to dehydration. You see, alcohol acts as a diuretic. That means it causes water to flush out of your system much quicker than normal.
If you’ve ever stood in a mile-long bathroom line at a nightclub, you can attest to this!
That said, you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) chug a ton of water alongside your whiskey sour. Just remember to pack enough bottled water in your DIY hangover kit that you can sip before, during, and after your night of partying. This can help restore some of the water loss you experience.
To feel better quicker, add a rehydration sachet to your water! The two go hand-in-hand to help you avoid uncomfortable dehydration. Each sachet contains rehydration salts that help you replace valuable electrolytes and sugars that you lose during a night of heavy drinking.
Feeling too queasy for plain water? Swap it for mineral water instead. Not only will the bubbles help quell your nausea, but most brands include potassium and sodium in their bottles, which are nutrients you’ll need more of while drinking.
2. Pain Reliever
Natural and holistic hangover treatments can be incredibly effective. However, there are some times when you need fast-acting relief, stat.
For times like these, pack a small bottle of pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, in your DIY hangover kit. This way, if you wake up with aches and pains that weren’t there a few hours ago (including a raging headache), you’ll know what to do.
Keep in mind that this is intended as a one-off treatment for those rare hangover emergencies. If you find yourself regularly drinking three or more alcoholic drinks per day, scientists suggest reducing your acetaminophen intake to avoid damaging your liver.
3. Soap, Deodorant, and Toothpaste
You already feel yucky. You don’t want to smell yucky, too.
Did you know that when you drink, your sweat smells even stinkier than normal? It’s true, and you can thank a process called oxidation for it.
Your body is only designed to process about half an ounce of pure alcohol in an hour. That’s about six to 12 ounces of beer, one ounce of spirits or five ounces of wine. Anything else, your body processes through oxidation. This causes the smaller toxins to break down into smaller components, including carbon dioxide, acetic acid, and water.
As your body metabolizes these components, where does it excrete them?
That’s right: your sweat glands. They also seep out through your breath and urine.
Want to feel as fresh as possible? Pack a few travel-sized toiletry items into your DIY hangover kit, including soap, deodorant, and toothpaste. That way, your scent doesn’t enter the room before you do. While you’re at it, don’t forget eye drops!
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4. Eye Mask
Sleep is one of the best ways to treat a hangover, and you don’t want to be startled awake by the 7:00 a.m. sunshine peeking through the blinds. Slip a silky eye mask into your DIY hangover kit to ensure your eyes actually stay shut during shut-eye.
Another benefit of this accessory? One of the most uncomfortable parts of a hangover is sensitivity to light. Even when you’re ready to start the day, you might find that it helps to have a mini darkening blind on hand to help you ease into the morning.
5. Tea Bags
The next morning, the only thing you might want to do is fill up your travel mug with an extra-large serving of strong coffee. Yet, it’s best to resist this urge.
While you might crave the jolt it will give you, coffee also acts as a diuretic, meaning you’ll wind up even more dehydrated than you already are.
Instead, stick to gentle, hangover-friendly teas that can help hydrate you the smart way. Avoid ones with a ton of caffeine, and reach for a soothing yet invigorating type, such as ginger tea or peppermint tea. A few tea bags won’t add any extra bulk to your DIY hangover kit, and you’ll be thankful you have them in the a.m.
6. Lip Balm
Another tell-tale sign of a hangover’s trademark dehydration? Your lips might feel like you’ve been backpacking in the Sahara Desert when you wake up. In addition to a dry mouth and scratchy throat, you don’t want to deal with painfully chapped lips, too.
This is one of the first areas of your body that will show obvious signs of water loss, so go ahead and stick a tube of chapstick in your DIY hangover kit. If you can remember, rub some on before you hit the sack to help prevent any uncomfortable shriveling while you sleep.
7. Face Mist
You can’t always fake a great night’s sleep, but one of the best ways to look as alert and awake as possible is to give your complexion a quick mist with a refreshing facial spray, like the ones on this list.
Designed to keep your skin dewy and moisturized through a long flight or a never-ending day at work, these pint-sized wonders do the trick when you need a quick pick-me-up. Find one in a refreshing fragrance, such as citrus or mint, and add it to your DIY hangover kit.
Then, spritz a little on as soon as you wake up and let the rich scent invigorate your senses while ingredients like vitamin C and hyaluronic acid go to work to help restore your glow.
OK, this one might not be directly helpful in easing your hangover symptoms. However, you’ll be glad you packed a pair of oversized sunglasses in your hangover survival kit.
Unless puffy, red, sleep-deprived eyes are your go-to look these days, a pair of shades is an ideal way to look presentable on the outside, even if you’re still recovering on the inside. At the very least, they’ll get you out the door and to that great brunch restaurant with little fuss.
9. Antioxidant Capsules
One of the most powerful and effective ways to both treat and help prevent a hangover? Stock up on antioxidants to help support your liver! Looking for a quick way to do so? Our natural, plant-based capsules are chocked full of the antioxidants your body craves.
Slip a bottle in your DIY hangover kit. Then, take three right before you go to sleep and three when you wake up, and you’ll reap the benefits of four different kinds of nutrients, including:
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10. Ear Plugs
Maybe you decide to crash halfway during the party, while the music is still blaring and the guests are still hollering. Or, maybe you’re the one closing the place down, coming home in the wee hours of the morning. A short while later, you’re awakened by the lawn crew outside, your neighbors in the upstairs apartment, or even the incessant tick-tock of the grandfather clock in your living room.
To keep sleeping as long as possible, remember to pack earplugs in your DIY hangover kit! These are a great way to drown out any outside noise so you can peacefully enter the bliss of dreamland.
11. Chewing Gum or Mints
Your body isn’t the only thing that pays the price after a night of drinking. Your breath suffers, too.
While the alcohol is in the process of being metabolized, it’s everywhere in your body, including your lungs. That helps explain the icky, somewhat sweet smell that we often associate with morning-after hangovers. To help combat it as much as possible, pack some chewing gum or mints in your DIY hangover kit!
Pop them intermittently while drinking and first thing in the morning. Otherwise, you might find that people tend to stand just a little farther away from you than normal!
DIY Hangover Kit Essentials – Final words
Don’t let your fear of the next-day blues prevent you from enjoying a great time with your friends and family.
Pack a DIY hangover kit and have it on hand before you take your first sip. In fact, it’s smart to go ahead and prepare a few while you’re gathering the ingredients! This way, you always have one on hand. You can also stash a few in your bag to hand out to anyone else who appears to be in need of one!
Be sure to check out our other guide on Bachelorette hangover kits.