Water is a vital part of any physical activity, not just hiking. But as replenishing and lifesaving as it may be, outdoor enthusiasts want something different now and again. If you could do with a change of scenery in your bottle, change things up with any of the dozens of sports drink mixes available on the market.

CamelBak Elixir ($7)

CamelBak Elixir sugar-free tablets come in a pack of twelve and are reservoir-friendly, so they can be dropped into your hydration bladder (1 drop per 16 ounces of water) for a tropical splash that offers a spot of caffeine and a nice dose of vitamin B.

Nuun Energy Drink Mix ($7)

Nuun Energy Drink Mix tablets, which come 10 per container, contain an efficient blend of electrolytes, B vitamins, and caffeine to help you reach maximum focus and hydration to help sustain energy for any demanding activity. 

GU Electrolyte Brew ($18)

Known for its biking and running gels, GU Electrolyte Brew offers fruit-flavored mixes to provide valuable calories and electrolytes to prevent against fatigue and cramping on even the longest hikes.

Clif Shot Hydration Mix ($20)

With a solid combination of organic glucose, organic dried cane syrup, electrolytes, and carbohydrates, Clif Shot Hydration Mix help tired bodies absorb and retain fluids to keep from cramping. 

Sport Oxylent ($40)

Then there’s Sport Oxylent, a 3-in-1 vitamin and electrolyte mix that bills itself as the anti-sport drink because it contains none of the processed sugar that is prevalent in other brands. Together with Creatine MagnaPower, Albion minerals and other vitamins and supplements, Sport Oxylent is said support energy, stamina and recovery. 

© Gg | Dreamstime.comWoman Drink Water Grass Photo