Hydration Station

How to encourage attendees to add more water to their diet

It’s the heat of summer, and for outdoor meetings especially, planners need to make sure that guests are hydrated—not only for their health, but for their focus, too. 

One study from the University of East London showed that alleviating your thirst can free up your brain for more important things. That is, rather than spending time telling the body that it’s thirsty, your brain has more time to focus on the task at hand: your meeting. 

But it’s not always easy to convince people to drink an adequate amount of water. Here are some fun ways to keep attendees hydrated without feeling like they’re being forced to do so. 

Add Some Flavor

As odd as it sounds, some people don’t enjoy the “taste” of water. But give it a little flavor, and suddenly it’s the perfect refreshing drink. For attendees who prefer their water with an extra oomph, try adding a water infusion station to your event, where guests zest up their water to taste. Fruits such as lemons and berries, cucumbers, and spices such as thyme and mint all make for a delicious, hydrating concoction.

Make It Fun to Drink

Encouraging more H2O consumption can be as easy as supplying the right vessel. In lieu of plastic cups, serve drinks in personalized, refillable water bottles. Not only will guests know whose is whose, but they’ll also have a souvenir come the end of your event. 

Eat Your Water

Drink your water and eat it, too. Many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber and celery, are all high in water content. So, add hydrating ingredients to your meeting menu. Then, come mealtime, attendees will be able to boost their water intake without taking an extra sip. 

Skip the Sodium

Too much salt in your diet can cause dehydration, so skip salty snacks. Instead, spice up meal time with turmeric, which has anti-inflammatory properties; cumin, which aids in digestion and is high in iron; or rosemary, a rich source of antioxidants.

Increase the Number of Water Stations

Attendees can’t drink more water if they don’t have access to it. So, make sure you have enough hydration stations throughout your venue. For large events, a good rule of thumb is to have at least one water station visible at every vantage point.