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United BusinessFirst Amenity Kit

I flew United’s BusinessFirst product twice this year.  As I said before, I think the use of miles and cash was a great benefit.  After I found my seat, the Stew handed out champagne and the Amenity Kit.  You’ll have to forgive me for the quality of these pictures — read about that here.
The BusinessFirst Amenity Kit is made of a relatively sturdy canvas which means it can be used over and over again.  There is an outside pocket and a big zipper down the middle.

Once you open the kit you find the following:

  • 1 Pair of Ill-Fitting Socks
  • 1 Nicely Designed Face Mask
  • 1 Comb
  • 1 Pair of Soft Ear Plugs
  • A Pen (which is always helpful when filling out Customs Forms — why does it seem like I have a pen every day of my life, except when Customs Forms are distributed?)
  • A Full Size Tooth Brush, that folds down into itself with a small (tiny) tube of Colgate toothpaste
  • 1 Small Pack of Facial Tissue
  • 1 Packet of Two Mints
  • 1 Packet of Sanitizing Wipes
  • 1 Bottle of Moisturizing Lotion and a Lip Balm

I only used the eye mask, as I find the airline socks to be much less comfortable that my own socks.  The lotion was fine and wasn’t at all greasy (I tried this once I got home).  Neither the lotion nor the lip balm had any real scent (a great bonus).

All in all, the Amenity Kit offered to United’s BusinessFirst passengers is perfectly acceptable.  I won’t use most of the items in this kit, but I probably will reuse the canvas bag itself again.  The bag also has a little fabric loop inside which allows you to hang it on a hook in the lav or in a hotel room.

What is your favorite airline amenity kit? What makes a good kit in your eyes? What about a bad one?  Do you ever use the socks from these kits?

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