Last modified: June 3, 2019
Last modified: June 3, 2019
Are you a novice at surviving a hangover? Or, are you a seasoned pro but you’ve tried everything?
Whether you’re just finding your feet or you’ve done it once or twice, these emergency hangover kit ideas are sure to freshen you up, hose you down and put a bit of life back in you.
And! Not just that, but these are all things to fit in your handbag. Or ‘manbag’.
Don’t worry, we got you. You wouldn’t want your secret hangover kit sticking out like a sore thumb during the important work meeting, wedding or Sunday lunch with the grandparents.
In this article, we’re going to cover the best things to help rescue you from your hangover in your very own hangover kit.
Sounds obvious, but more often than not you will acclimatise to your putrid Aperol breath. Mints are an absolute must in any hangover kit.
Its important to keep on the safe side and pop a few mints. Especially if you haven’t stayed at home and the stranger you just met doesn’t have a spare toothbrush for you.
An especially good idea would be Polos. This way you don’t have to stick your gum under a chair like a naughty teenager.
A bit of dried mango or apricot will go down a treat.
A pack of assorted dried fruit from the supermarket is pocket size but you can slowly feast on them throughout the day.
The fructose (sugar) in the fruit will help combat the remaining alcohol in your bloodstream. This way if you wake up still drunk, you will be sure to sober up quicker.
It may sound like a far-fetched idea, but fructose has been shown in studies to increase the rate of alcohol breakdown by up to 80%!
These fruits may also contain potassium which can help restore depleted stores boy after a savage night of drinking.
There so compact they can fit in your purse or wallet!
Rehydration sachets are so easy to find online or in a local shop or drug store. You can buy branded sachets or supermarket own brand at a more affordable price.
Simply mix them with water in a glass and knock it back – we know you know how!
They’ll go to rebalance your lost salts after a long night of boozing and they’ll rehydrate you, after all- alcohol dehydrates.
We would go as far as saying that this addition is probably one of the most important in your hangover kit bag.
It’s important to rehydrate – obviously. But sometimes straight up bottled mineral is just too boring and won’t quench.
Putting a mini bottle of sparkling water in a hangover kit to take small sips on is a brilliant solution if you aren’t interested in plain old water.
Alternatively, water with added electrolytes can help rebalance the bodies sodium to ensure a speedy recovery.
You can also buy flavoured vitamin water with some fruity flavours added – this way you can stay hydrated but you’re still getting all the right minerals.
Reasonably priced and available basically everywhere – hand sanitizer is an absolute must-have for a hangover kit.
Say your last night consisted of a dirty bar followed by a sticky late night snack – you’ll want to clean your hands if you don’t have time for a shower.
Mini hand sanitizers can come in all kinds of scents, watermelon, lemon and strawberry.
Not only do they kill germs but the refreshing scent will keep you going throughout the day.
Again – small and flat sachets fit perfectly in a cardholder or pocket.
Although coffee can sometimes make you shaky, it’s often called a necessary evil.
If nothing else works and you really need a pick me up then a dose of caffeine could be the thing to get you through.
Multi-packs of coffee sachets are perfect for dishing out to friends in the same position and all you need is some hot water.
Just a basic cooling eye drop will help with those bloodshot red eyes that will give you away in a heartbeat.
If you remember to put this in your hangover kit, you’ll certainly thank yourself the morning after.
When you drink the blood vessels in the eyes can become dilated and that’s why your eyes appear bloodshot.
A big boozy night can reduce nutrients needed for healthy eyes so your bleary eyes are the result of this.
Eye drops can reduce this and replenish the moisture lost from your big night out.
It’s not pretty but that sweet smell of day-old alcohol can radiate from a body.
Even if you’ve sobered up, the strong odours can still be very pungent the next day.
Buy some extra strength deodorant to put in your kit bag to use whenever necessary.
A nice smelling deodorant will help relieve you from nasty smelling BO if your planning on being in close proximity with people the next day.
Make sure you don’t have people around you shouting ‘woah, who stinks!?’
If the music has been particularly good and you’ve boogied your socks off – you will need some plasters to ease the pain.
Coming in all shapes and sizes, for heels, toes, ankles and arches, your completely covered for all your sore feet needs!
Whether you’re in heels or flats your bound to have some battle wounds. The best thing to do is slap a plaster on to make sure you survive the day – especially if you have a busy schedule!
Ginger has extremely beneficial qualities for the body specifically the stomach. It’s one of the most researched natural anti-sickness remedies around.
As we are all well aware, a hangover can make you feel very fragile particularly your stomach and can lead to nausea and even sickness.
Ginger is one of the oldest and most reliable tummy soothers and therefore a must in your hangover kit.
Another good tactic is dropping some dried ginger in hot water to drink as tea.
Small and compact, these ice packs are instant relief.
All you do is squeeze and shake them to activate the cooling feature. It’s so easy and solves the problem of overheating when hungover.
Because alcohol dilates blood vessels, it becomes easy for the body to overheat and if you’re fair skinned you can become very flushed.
A good way to cool down is to carry some portable ice packs in your hangover kit. Just wrapping one in a cloth or paper towel and placing on the forehead can do the trick instantly.
The dehydrating effect of alcohol can make your lips chapped or cracked.
Keep those lips plump and juicy with some lip balm. It’s pretty easy to reapply throughout the day and it will stop your lips from getting dry and splitting.
A nice hand and face moisturizer can achieve the same effect if your hands and face are dry.
It doesn’t take up much space in your hangover kit bag either!
Either a cloth bag or a small toiletries bag to fit your chosen hangover tools in. Making sure all your hacks are in one place and easily accessible to help you navigate your way around a stressful hangover.
So there you have it, our top pick of essential things to pack in your hangover kit bag.
The best advice is to pick and mix from the list depending on what your needs are.
Make sure you keep hydrated and eat a good meal before you start drinking so that you don’t need this list every weekend!
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This product does not prevent intoxication or protect against alcohol related damage that may be caused by excessive or long term drinking. AfterDrink is not a Hangover cure. The only way to reliably prevent a hangover is to drink in moderation and within recommended limits. Hangovers are usually caused by drinking too much in a short period of time. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking any prescribed medication or have any medical conditions including food allergies, it is best to consult your doctor before taking food supplements.
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