My medical kit already has some MRE style clean water bags, purification tablets, as well as OTC anti-diarrheal pills at the ready. However, now, I am researching what options there are for hydration in a life-threatening scenario (severe dehydration, possibly including prolonged diarrhea or vomiting). I want to include such a product in my medical kit in case I or someone I encounter while hiking has life-threatening dehydration. While I must concede that much of the bio-chemistry is way over my head, I would still like to think I have compiled a reasonably well-informed list of products. I tried to find not only the hi-tech premium products but also products more on the thrifty-side. Here are the products I researched in order of most expensive per unit gram:
- Site: https://ceraproductsinc.com/
- Market: medicine, military
- Price: 100g for $23.00 (10x 10g sticks)
- Price per unit gram: $0.23
- Site: https://dripdrop.com
- Market: military, firefighters and athletes
- Price: 84g for $9.99 (4x 21g sticks)
- Price per unit gram: $0.12
Market: pediatrics, health enthusiasts?
Price: 272g for $27.00 (24x 8.5g sticks)
Price per unit gram: $0.10
Price: 588g for $15.00 (12x 49g sticks)
Price per unit gram: $0.03
Pedialyte and Gatorade are not marketed as emergency hydration products; Pedialyte has a disclaimer on their website that their hydration powder is only suitable for mild to moderate diarrhea. That being said, the low-end products are quite a bit cheaper.
Perhaps this is just a classic case of "you get what you pay for," but I'm wondering if it's considered over-kill to buy military/pharmaceutical grade hydration powders for a hiking kit (72 hour bag). I'd like to hear from anyone with experience using any of these products. Are the high-end products like Ceralyte and DripDrop really heads and shoulders above cheaper products like Pedialyte Powder and Gatorade Powder? Better enough to warrant the price premium as shown above?