If you follow my blog, you know I horde collect airline amenity kits and review them in my Amenity Kit Review series. As such, I generally don’t use the products in the kits with the exception of sampling each item at the time I post a review.
When I travel, whether it is a single day mileage run or a long international trip, I always have my own makeshift kit that fits perfectly into my laptop case. I’ve been using United’s current First Class amenity bag for the past couple of years as the carrying case for all of my items, as its size is perfect for what I bring along.
My essentials as pictured are:
- Antibacterial wet wipes – perfect for wiping down tray tables, hotel room remotes and back in the day when I’ve slept overnight at an airport, they’re a perfect way to freshen up.
- Quart-sized plastic bag – the TSA has significantly lightened up on the 3-1-1 rule when traveling with liquids, but in case a rogue agent really gets picky and requires I have them in a baggie, I have one on hand.
- Q-tips – I use a little case United used to provide in their Royal Pacific amenity kit from the 1970s and early 1980s.
- Shampoo – in a refillable container.
- Hand and body lotion – plucked from a recent hotel stay.
- Mouthwash – in a refillable container.
- Moisturizing face lotion – you can see I’m a Clinique guy and also use a refillable container.
- Antibacterial lotion – perfect for when the lavatory water is inoperative, which can be the case sometimes when parked at the gate before departure.
- Lip balm.
- Perfume oil – I generally only use it before landing on a long-haul international flight to freshen up.
- Toothpaste & toothbrush
- Eyeshades & earplugs
- Disposable razor – not pictured as I need to restock
- Miniature shaving cream – not pictured as well
I need to go back and rescore the bag on my United First Class Amenity Kit Review as I feel it ends up being ideal to store a lot of items and expands perfectly when adding in additional hotel amenities. Sorry, United… I was a bit too harsh in my review.
Do you travel with your own version? What are your essential items on the road?