The Best Hydration Drink Mixes!

Discover our Favorite Hydration Mix

This is a different kind of post for the Bubbly Side of Life, but an important one for all of us who love traveling and enjoying all the bubbly! We are going to be taking a look at hydration drink mixes. We took a few along with us to Bubbles Fest as a proactive measure to stay hydrated while we were tasting bubbly for basically 2 full days. Now we are breaking down which ones we loved and which ones we didn’t.

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Why Hydration Drink Mixes?

I have always loved wine tasting…in fact when people ask me my favorite hobby that’s usually my answer.  And I lived 30 minutes outside of Oregon Wine Country…what else is there to do in the rainy, winter months?  

And as hard as I try, once I start wine tasting I don’t drink water (even if I bring it with me).  Why?  I have no clue.  I mean my normal water consumption on any given day is 100+ ounces of water…no I am not kidding.  I love water.  Plain water.  Sparkling water.  With fruit.  Without fruit.  With cucumbers and mint, without.  I love it all.  So, yes, it’s odd that once I start drinking the real bubbly, I stop drinking the H2O.

So, I had to come up with a fix for the fact that I generally stop drinking water and the ultimate dehydration issues that follow shortly after. Once I discovered how good these hydration drink mixes were, I had to dig in and try all the competition.

So, when I brought my girlfriends to Bubbles Fest in Oregon, I armed them all with Liquid IV so that we could be proactive in our hydration before tasting over 20 different bubblies each day. And we all loved it and the results.  So, I came home and promptly ordered the competitors that were coming up on my Instagram feed.

The Good, the Bad, and the Rehydrated

Now keep in mind, I am not a medical professional at all.  And I am just reading labels and websites and trying products and seeing how I feel afterward. This post is not sponsored by any of the hydration drink mixes and all opinions are entirely my own. This is simply me wanting to add the best product to my daily routine and doing my homework to choose the right one for me.

The Competition

I ordered Hydrant in grapefruit (because in my opinion any flavored grapefruit is amazing) and Drip Drop sample pack which came with berry and lemon.  And I already had the lemon-lime from Liquid IV from our trip to Bubbles Fest. 

Liquid Comparison

As I was digging into the research on all three of these hydration drink mixes the one statistic that stuck out the most to me was on the Liquid IV packaging:  1 stick = 3 bottles of water.  Basically, 16oz of water + 1 Liquid IV = 48 oz.  And I was looking for a similar statistic on the other two, but it wasn’t there.  So I kept digging to be able to actually compare products.

Liquid IV Hydration Drink Mixes

Hydrant

Ok, now I have to be honest, once I tasted the Hydrant, I gave up on the research aspect.  Remember what I just said above about my love for grapefruit flavor….well this was awful!  And at first I blamed the fact that I had brushed my teeth just a few minutes before, but I tried it 3 more times and officially gave up.  

Now the nice part of Hydrant, is you can use one pack in 8 oz of water, but even ice cold water, I could barely get it down.  So that one was automatically out in my research and sadly, Amazon won’t take back my unopened pack.  So if you want to try this one, definitely only order 1 box…or message me and I’ll send you a few 😉 

Head to head:  Liquid IV vs Drip Drop

Similarities

Both are backed by doctors.  

Both are 1 stick to 16 oz of water.  

Both of them refer to hydration being needed for travel, workouts/sports, high temperatures/being in the sun, over-indulgence/too much bubbly tasting :), and even to fight illness/stay well.  

The biggest difference I found came directly from their websites. 

Built on 50 years of proven science, DripDrop ORS is a patented Oral Rehydration Solution that treats and prevents dehydration.

With 3x the electrolytes and ½ the sugar of sports drinks, DripDrop ORS hydrates more effectively that water or sports drinks.

DripDrop

vs

Liquid I.V.’s Hydration Multiplier is a great-tasting, daily electrolyte drink mix that utilizes the breakthrough science of Cellular Transport Technology (CTT)™ to deliver hydration to your bloodstream faster and more efficiently than water alone.

Liquid IV

They do basically the same thing. Use electrolytes to help get your system hydrated faster than plain water.

The Taste Test

Since I have been doing this hydration drink mixes experiment, I wanted to keep everything as consistent as possible.  I would fill a 16.9 oz water bottle almost to the top and then put it into the freezer for about 30 minutes.  If I am not ready for my hydration stick quite yet, then I put that in the fridge until I am.  Bottom line, I like to drink these drinks REALLY cold while I don’t drink my normal water really cold at all…water from the fridge is good enough for me.  

I tasted the DripDrop and really enjoyed it, in fact, from initial taste I thought it was better than Liquid IV.  I have been drinking the lemon-lime Liquid IV and that taste took me a bit to get used to.

I do have a friend that loves to drink her water hot…all day long.  So when it was time for Liquid IV, she put it in hot water.  Both Drip Drop and Liquid IV say that you can use them in cold or hot water.

The Labels

Since I didn’t have anything conclusive from my taste test or website research, it was time to sit down to compare nutrition labels.

Liquid IV has less calories, sugar, and carbs than Drip Drop.  And no, I am not a nutrition counter, but that seemed like an important differentiator especially when you’re adding it to your diet each day. It’s also important to note that DripDrop is 2 servings per packet. Which seems awfully silly to me, since what on earth would I do with half a packet.

Liquid IV also has other vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 which if you’re anything like me, I need all the help I can get with getting these vitamins. 

The Winner Is….

Liquid IV won for me. I definitely think it was the best hydration drink mix overall. I don’t mind the taste and it’s nutrition facts are better than DripDrop’s. 

I found the best price at Costco.  My Costco didn’t have any in store, so I went online and ordered the lemon-line that way.  By the way, online, Costco had all three flavors and some stores have one flavor in store.  Shipping was included and I had it within 2 days.  

I included all three of them to the Stay Healthy Travel Pack list on Amazon if you want to do your own experiment.  

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