Water can get a bit boring on long trips, and while hydration tablets are useful for adding flavour to water on a long trip, they’re both expensive and the flavour isn’t as great as it could be. So when we saw Squash’d from Robinsons, we had to give them a go.
Squash’d is a small container containing concentrated ‘squash’. It’s meant to be identical to your regular squash, so if you don’t like squash then you probably won’t like this. I’ve not drunk it in a while, mainly as I drink water or water with hydration tabs in. This tiny 60 ml bottle is good for 20 drinks of 250ml, which is around 5 litres of squash and that’s just more than you’d get from a litre bottle of regular squash, which is good going. A tube of 20 hydration tablets will be good for 10 litres. However, I find that they don’t flavour the water well, and I may need to add a second if I want to taste something. Considering that the Squash’d costs £2.50, you’re looking at a comparable cost, depending on your usage, and it won’t be as useful to replace fluids in hot weather.
We had to put a fair old squirt in and the result looks rather watery. That said, the orange and peach flavour was tasty and refreshing enough to quench the thirst rather than add to it, and you don’t have to wait for it to dissolve.
If you just can’t live with drinking water on the hill, this provides a welcome alternative to the hydration tablets. It may not be scientifically designed for performance, but let’s face it, neither are half of us going up the mountains. It’s not much cheaper but does taste much better than any hydration tablet we’ve tried. This is a new wild camping staple for long trips, but is currently a bit overpriced as it’s new and still gimmicky.
But who are we to complain about paying twice the money for a 95% reduction in weight?