Full disclosure: Monsters & Critics received free samples of the product mentioned in this article for review. However, the opinions expressed are independent and our own.
On Jersey Shore Family Vacation and Vanderpump Rules, cast members used a Banana Bag IV to cure their hangovers after a hard night of partying.
For those who don’t want to deal with an IV or just want a simpler version of the dehydration treatment, Banana Bag Oral Solution was developed using the same mixture of vitamins and minerals as a needle-free hangover treatment.
The intravenous solution is simply a bag of IV fluid that contains vitamins and minerals including Thiamine, magnesium and folic acid, which are often depleted when the body is dehydrated.
The oral solution, which was developed by a pharmacist, is made of the same ingredients as the famed Banana Bag IVs and also will help to reverse dehydration from a hangover, too much sun and heat, excessive exercise and any other reason that one’s body might need to rehydrate and replenish lost nutrients.
Preparing for the hangover
After writing about the Banana Bag IV solution, I was asked to try the oral solution and provide an honest review. The premise sounded fun so I decided to give it a go and got to planning a rare night of drinking with the intent to get a serious hangover that would need a miracle to cure.
Banana Bag Solutions provided M&C with ten packets of their oral solution free of charge in order to evaluate the drink.
The poison of the night was mojitos with Bacardi rum, simple syrup, mint and club soda. Not being much of a drinker (or really a drinker at all if I’m really being honest) it didn’t take long to work up a good buzz.
After 4 drinks, each with about 1 1/2 ounces of rum in them, it was safe to call it a night. After all, knowing that I would be conducting a hangover experiment later that night and the following day, I drank coffee all day in order to further ensure that I would need a hangover cure in the morning.
Does the Banana Bag Oral Solution work?
The following morning I woke up with a hangover to rival many bad hangovers. Don’t judge me though, I don’t drink often and agreed to do this experiment for science.
I also agreed because I really wanted to know how the Banana Bag Oral Solution worked. After all, it can be used for way more than just a night of heavy drinking. Also, let’s face it, mojitos are good!
In any case, the headache was intense and it was clear that at least the first part of my mission was complete. I had achieved epic hangover status and now it was time to cure the beast.
I mixed my drink powder, which smelled just like when you open a bottle of chewable vitamins, with 16 ounces of water as suggested and poured it over ice. I found that drinking the mixture while it was very cold definitely made it more palatable. I didn’t have a straw on hand, which was suggested to make it go down easier.
Let me just tell you now, the Banana Bag Oral Solution drink does not taste like bananas! It doesn’t really have any recognizable flavor either, other than a slightly citrusy taste that likely came from the ascorbic acid. They could certainly benefit from having something added to make it easier on your taste buds, that’s for sure!
However, the Banana Bag Oral Solution is just that, a mix of the same ingredients one would get from the IV bag of yellow fluid administered at hospitals and in trendy banana bag bars without anything extra added. I can appreciate that.
We had some leftover mojitos that were consumed later on that evening and I can say that the Banana Bag Oral Solution mixture that I drank the following day was much more enjoyable because I mixed it with fruit punch instead of water.
As far as how long it takes for the drink to cure a hangover, it all depends on how fast you drink it. Obviously, the IV solution is a bit faster since it goes straight into your bloodstream.
The drink has to be digested and absorbed so give it some time. I started feeling better within an hour of drinking it and was functioning well enough to work again within about two hours of drinking the entire cup of Banana Bag Oral Solution both times I tried it.
It’s worth mentioning again that the Banana Bag Oral Solution does not only have to be used for hangovers. It can be consumed for any number of reasons a person might be dehydrated and since I live in Texas where the sun and heat can quickly dehydrate anyone, I’m keeping a packet in my purse in case of emergency.