Best Energy Drink for Traveling (say bye to jet lag)

Taking a trip is fun for anyone. Whether it’s with your family members or by yourself, you can be sure that a vacation can refresh your mind and give you a chance to explore new frontiers.

I myself adore traveling and seeing new sights and sounds. However, whenever I travel, I always make sure to pack energy drinks.

This is to ensure that I keep myself active and healthy throughout the day and if we do something like jungle trekking followed by a trip to the museum, I keep my mind alert and I don’t miss anything.

Should I drink energy drinks while on the plane?

A man waitingo to fly on a plane.
Is it alright to drink energy drinks when flying on the plane?

In my opinion, that would depend on how long you will be on the plane and how packed your schedule is when you leave the plane.

For me, I tend to fly short distances from state to state that share roughly the same time zones and I usually have a packed schedule once I land so I will drink some energy drinks just before I get off the plane to ensure I’m ready to go.

If you are like me and are flying short distances with little to no changes in time-zone, I would suggest drinking energy drinks during the flight, about 30 minutes before you arrive.

However, if you are doing long hauls, then I wouldn’t suggest drinking energy drinks.

For example, if you are traveling from the united states to Australia where the time differences are 15 hours ahead.

This is because drinking energy drinks during such a long haul could make jet lag worse when you arrive and may mess up your internal clock.

Also, in my opinion, you are going to be sitting down for anywhere between 5 to 12 hours during long flights. Do you really want to have all that excess energy while you’re on board the plane?

Do energy drinks help with jet lag?

Energy drinks probably don’t help with jet lag.

According to this study, drinking caffeine while on a flight may contribute to making your jet lag worse. However, if you drink caffeine in the morning when you arrive, it may help you to adjust to the new timezone more quickly.

So, that’s a vote for no and a vote for yes when it comes to whether energy drinks help with jet lag.

While energy drinks are great when spending long days exploring, I would not advise anyone to drink an energy drink when you’re crossing lots of timezones on a long flight.

This is because when having jet lag, caffeine heavy-beverages will affect your ability to sleep and not only that, it’s possible that the jet lag can get worse.

If you are facing jet lag and have no idea how to get over it, try these methods:

  • Loosen your schedule days ahead of your flight so that your body can get used to having strange eating and sleeping times.
  • Get a good nights rest before boarding the plane
  • Don’t book flights that arrive at night if you can avoid it.
  • Keep hydrated with water and drinks with less caffeine in them.
  • Make sure you have good and hearty meals while on the plane.
  • Sleep on the plane.
  • Consider having some caffeine in the morning when you arrive at your destination, but avoid caffeine later in the day.

What kind of activities would require me to drink energy drinks when traveling?

Man standing on top of a hill
Hiking up a big hill would require an energy drink on the way.

Energy drinks are good to pack in your suitcase for when you leave the plane.

For long days of walking, exploring or just braving the heat, energy drinks can make sure you don’t faint and ruin your schedule.

Some of the physical activities which you might do while traveling are:

  • Walk all-day (visiting museums and sights)
  • Wildlife watching
  • Jungle trekking
  • Skydiving
  • Scuba diving
  • Visiting zoos

All these activities require energy to keep up and more often than not, you might exhaust yourself just trying to get to everything in your itinerary.

This is where you need a good, refreshing energy drink to keep your stamina and alertness up.

What gives you more energy, coffee or Energy Drinks?

A cup of coffee with some latte art on it.
A cup of coffee has a lot of caffeine in it.

Let’s take a comparison now, shall we?

In terms of accessibility, it’s very true that coffee is found almost anywhere and it’s not difficult to just go into a cafe or restaurant and ask for a cup of coffee.

Whereas with energy drinks, they are more specialized and can only be found in grocery and convenience stores.

However, while coffee does tend to have more caffeine, there is a good chance of there being energy crashes.

This is because of the lack of certain things in coffee such as taurine and ginseng which would cushion those crashes when you get them.

So ultimately it’s up to you. Coffee and risk the energy crash or an energy drink which refreshes and cushions that?

Ultimately, both coffee and energy drinks affect you in very similar ways.

Some people choose coffee for their daily energy boost, others choose energy drinks for their daily boost.

Personally, I think both have their place and I certainly drink both of them. But, I’m more likely to choose an energy drink because I prefer the taste and also want to get all of the other ingredients that coffee is missing, like B group vitamins.

What to look for in an energy drink?

There are a few things to look for in an energy drink when traveling, these include:

  • Caffeine content
  • Sugar content
  • Price
  • Can it go past customs if I put it into my carry on bag?

Caffeine content

Some coffee beans being weighed on a scale.
How much caffeine is too much?

Caffeine content is so vital when choosing an energy drink. This is because you want something that can keep you awake and alert when traveling while still maintaining a healthy intake.

Want to make sure you pay attention to all the juicy details during a museum tour?

Caffeine helps with exactly that.

And for your information, the FDA suggests a maximum of 400mg a day for adults, so be aware of how much you’re getting from all sources in your diet each day.

Sugar Content

Some sugar on a table
We all know that sugar is bad for us.

Sugar helps with energy boosts. A little sugar is great for taste but too much and you are bound to have a sugar crash.

The AHA has suggested the maximum amount of sugar intake is separated into two groups:

  • For men it’s a maximum of 150 calories a day
  • For women it’s a maximum of 100 calories a day

Keep to those restrictions when choosing energy drinks and you should be good to go.


Seeing the price is important in anything you buy. You want something that’s worth paying for.

You also want to make sure the quality of the drink is guaranteed.

As such, I recommend investing in REIZE which is only around $1 per sachet and ships straight to your doorstep.

More on that later though…

Can it go past customs if I put it into my carry on bag?

Honestly, the answer to this is that it’s complicated to bring any energy drink that has more than 100ml into your carry on bag.

The TSA has a rule that liquids are limited to 100ml travel-sized bottles for carry on bags.

So the only way to carry on any liquids more than 100ml is to put them into your check-in bag.

But what if you don’t have a check-in bag?

My suggestion for this is to invest in some powdered energy drinks which you can keep in your bag or pocket.

When you are on a plane or at your destination, you can request for a cup of water to dilute the energy drink.

This is one of the best things about powdered energy drinks – they contain all of the same good ingredients, minus the liquid which makes them so much more portable and convenient, not to mention travel-friendly.

Best Energy Drink for Traveling

Monster Energy Drink

Two cans of Monster energy drink 16fl.oz
Monster energy drink 16fl.oz.

Monster Energy drink contains 54g of sugar and 179 mg of caffeine which gives it quite a kick.

I suggest when traveling with this energy drink to drink a little bit at a time instead of the whole can in one sitting.

This is to ensure all that sugar and caffeine is used up throughout the day while you are walking to your next destination.

Monster isn’t suitable to throw in your carry-on travel bag though, so you may just need to wait until you arrive and grab some from the nearest convenience store.

Advocare Spark Energy Drink

Spark drink comes in powdered form, which I’m a big fan of.

It’s especially practical when you’re traveling because you can carry a few sticks of powder in your backpack that you take on board without getting hassled by airport security.

A sachet of Advocare Spark energy drink
Spark Energy Drink is a good choice for traveling.

Also, once at your destination powdered drinks are easy to carry around in your pocket anywhere you go.

Spark is sugar-free and contains 120mg of caffeine per serve, which is a touch more than I usually prefer, but still pretty sensible compared to some of the strongest energy drinks on the market today.


10 of the 11 flavors of Zipfizz.
10 out of the 11 Flavors that Zipfizz has.

For something you can fit into your carry on bag and is convenient, try Zipfizz.

Like Spark drink, Zipfizz also comes in a powdered form and in 11 different flavors.

If you want to know what I think of all of those flavors, check out my Zipfizz review article where I go through them all one by one.

Zipfizz contains 100mg of caffeine per tube. Personally I think that’s a great amount, about the same amount as the average coffee.

Zipfizz is also sugar-free and suitable to take on board a flight in your carry-on luggage.

REIZE (most recommended)

A picture of the REIZE Energy Drink
The most recommended drink for traveling.

I would personally recommend REIZE above all others because of its reasonable caffeine content, it’s convenience, taste and the fact that it’s sugar-free.

REIZE has 50mg of caffeine per serve, which is perfect, not too much not too little.

REIZE energy drinks also contain many other great ingredients such as taurine, ginseng and B vitamins to give you a perfect energy boost with no sugar-crash.

It’s also only around $1 per sachet including shipping right to your door.

And the best part?

It comes in convenient little sachets of powder so you can carry them in your pocket or handbag for fresh energy drinks wherever you are!

Now tell me that doesn’t sound perfect for a vacation?

You can order REIZE here.

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Marty Spargo

I started my own energy drink brand in 2014 and am passionate about educating people about energy drinks so that they can properly understand the ingredients, benefits and risks without being influenced by the marketing messages put out by some brands. You can read my full bio here.

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