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A great night out is always more enjoyable when you know you’re set up to sleep well and feel good the next morning. Hence the rising popularity of the wedding hangover kit. Though plenty of pre-made hangover kits can be found on Etsy and other sites, it can also be fun to make your own. To get a better idea of what to include in these kits, we spoke to Jamie Kutchman Wynne, founder & CEO of Marigold & Grey, and Dr. Sara Crystal, MD, neurologist and medical director of Cove.
What Is a Hangover Kit?
A hangover kit a favor bag for guests filled with the tools necessary to transition from a raucous night of drinking and indulgent foods to a pain-free morning after.
Besides the essentials like water and medicine for headaches and an upset stomach, you also want to include items that will make the morning a little easier for your guests. Think makeup wipes like Neutrogena's Cleansing Towelettes and mini dry shampoo bottles from Batiste. You can also add some personal touches that align with your theme, like a personalized tote from Canvas Event Co to hold it all together.
Meet the Expert
- Jamie Kutchman Wynne is the founder & CEO of Marigold & Grey, which creates custom and pre-packaged gift boxes and bags for weddings, birthdays, more. Marigold & Grey has created custom gifts for brands such as Google, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Kate Spade New York, Bloomingdales, Microsoft, and VISA.
- Dr. Sara Crystal, MD is a migraine expert and medical director of Cove. Cove is a platform that combines diagnosis, personalized and affordable treatment solutions, and ongoing condition management for migraine sufferers.
Canvas Event Co Totes Went To The Wedding Tote Bag
Sure, those little drawstring bags are cute, but you know what’s especially helpful? Something you can use to quickly gather clothes and shoes that you might have left in another guest’s hotel room while getting ready, or as a last-minute extra carry-on bag for the flight home. This just-cheeky-enough design is available in 21 colors. From $5 each on Etsy.
Peptio Bismol Chewables
Guests feeling nauseous or queasy after a night of partying will be grateful for these stomach-soothers.
Redwood & Vine Hangover Relief Kit Wedding Water Bottle Label
Because hydration is key, but there’s no reason you can’t have a little fun with it. Wrap water bottles in customizable labels to remind guests of the fun they had the night prior.
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Facial Cleansing Towelettes
When you head to bed late, the last thing you want to do is wash your makeup off. These single-use cleansing towelettes will expedite the process.
Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Socks
Want to get really luxe with your hangover kit? These plush, non-binding socks will keep guests warm and cozy while they sleep. They'll also double as slippers—so necessary for confronting the cold tile of a hotel room floor.
OMNI Global Labs Rebound Patch
There's a lot of hangover patches on the market these days. While plenty have cuter packaging, the Los Angeles Times recently determined this one to be the most effective.
Muior Rectangle Claw Clips
Helpful for holding your hair back without ruining a fresh blowout—and for a sleek low-maintenance updo at the post-wedding brunch the next day.
Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs
A key part of staving off a hangover is getting a good night's sleep. Help guests block out noise with these moldable silicone earplugs.
Pedialyte AdvancedCare Plus Electrolyte Powder
Pedialyte: it's not just for kids anymore! These powder packets help you rehydrate by delivering 33 percent more electrolytes than the original version. If you vomit, replacing lost electrolytes is especially important, according to Dr. Crystal. This value pack gives you 48 individual packets that you can put into your guests' bags.
Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpacks Breath Strips
Sometimes, gum just doesn't cut it. Come morning, your guests will thank you for the quick refresh of their stale, dry mouths with these strips.
Advil Pain Reliever and Fever Reducer, Pain Relief Medicine with Ibuprofen 200mg for Headache, Backache, Menstrual Pain and Joint Pain Relief
Headaches, be gone! Advil to the rescue for this common hangover side-effect.
Starbucks Gift Card
Coffee = the ultimate motivator for getting out of bed the next day. Especially when they know the first cup is on you.
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars 6 Pack
This childhood lunch staple can help settle stomachs or serve as breakfast if you oversleep.
Batiste Mini Dry Shampoo Variety Pack
No one is going to want to wake up early to wash and style their hair. Add dry shampoo to your hangover kits to help guests preserve their look from the night before.
Carpe Antiperspirant Underarm Wipes
No time to shower? No problem. These odor reducing, sweat-blocking underarm wipes will help you quickly get fresh and dry. Added bonus: they’re free of parabens, phthalates, formaldehydes, and sulfates.
Redwood & Vine Spread Love, Not Germs Wedding Hand Sanitizer
Let’s face it: Hand sanitizer is a necessary addition to any gathering these days. These individual packets have a sweet (and customizable!) floral design, but we also love the look of this more minimalist style.
Super Z Outlet Retro Style Sunglasses
Don’t add a logo, don’t go for funky colors. Basic sunglasses will block head-hurting sun rays without screaming “I’m hungover from a wedding!” everywhere you go. This pack of 24 black or white shades makes it easy to give one to every guest.
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
While lip balm is great for parched puckers, vaseline is better for a hangover kit because it can be used in a myriad of ways. (Like, say, to sooth dry eyelids and cuticles, or even to prolong your perfume.)
Emergency Stain Rescue All Purpose Wipes
Ketchup, red wine, and even makeup are no match for this concentrated stain remover, which works just as well on sofas as it does on clothes.
What to Consider When Building a Hangover Kit
Hangover kits are also another fun place to incorporate your wedding branding or design. “This way, the hangover kits are cohesive with everything else guests have seen, such as save-the-dates, invitation suites, and even the other contents of the wedding welcome gifts,” says Wynne. “In instances where monograms aren’t preferred, a simple phrase like 'relax and recharge' can also be great because it immediately clues guests in on what they’re about to discover inside.”
Stow all the supplies in a bag like the Totes Went to the Wedding tote, and your guests will have a personalized item they can use beyond your wedding.
Number of Guests
In order to save some time and money, it's best to buy these essentials in bulk and/or value packs so you can easily build the kits for everyone. Consider how many guests you'll be hosting and how many will be staying overnight for the next day's festivities.
Sure drinking is a given but also think about what your guests will be doing the next day. If they have an early morning, pack convenient snacks like Nature Valley Granola Bars and a Starbucks Gift Card. If you are hosting a post-wedding brunch, consider adding some sunglasses and/or hair clips to help them look put together.
What should I include in a hangover kit?
“The basics are some sort of pain reliever, something for an upset stomach, and some sort of immunity boost,” says artisan gift creator Jamie Kutchman Wynne. “But if you want to elevate your hangover kit, consider turning it into an amenity kit with items such as silk sleep masks, pillow spray, lip balm, band-aids, cozy socks, a facial masque, and earplugs.”
When do I give guests their hangover kits?
The best way to distribute hangover kits is to deliver them to guests’ hotel rooms ahead of their arrival. That way, they’ll have them when they need them most: before they go to bed, and right when they wake up.
How do I prevent hangovers?
If you know you are going to be drinking, the best way to prevent or at least minimize a hangover is to stay hydrated with non-alcoholic beverages and eat healthy foods to keep blood sugar levels stable, according to Dr. Crystal. "Drinking a glass of water for every alcoholic drink is a good rule of thumb," says Dr. Crystal. "Limit to one drink per hour to allow your body to metabolize the alcohol."
How do I cure a hangover?
From drinking black coffee to taking a cold shower, there are so many hangover remedies — but do they actually work? "There is little to no evidence supporting hangover remedies," says Dr. Crystal. "The best strategy is to rehydrate, with water, Gatorade, or similar drinks, and do light exercise if you’re able to."
Why Trust Brides
Sarah Zlotnick has been writing for Brides since February 2020 and is a journalist with seven years of experience in the wedding space. To get more information on how to treat a hangover, we spoke to Dr. Sara Crystal, MD, a migraine expert and medical director of Cove. We also spoke to Jamie Kutchman Wynne, founder & CEO of Marigold & Grey, which creates custom and pre-packaged gift boxes and bags for weddings, birthdays, more.