I prefer it to the packets because of its overall taste. The perk of this over packets is you can add to taste whereas the packets are pre-measured and sometimes I find them to be too sweet for the standard size bottled water. Sometimes I may wasn't a super sweet drink and others more just to flavor the water and this allows me the freedom to choose. I also found the packets sometimes did not dissolve properly or after being stored in my purse or car they would get clumpy from the humidity. Since this is a liquid it's shelf life is longer.