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Long flights can be exhausting, but lie-flat seats and a solid amenity kit (filled with relaxation accoutrements of all stripes, from eye masks and earplugs to high-end bath products) always help. Since you’re allowed to take them home, the question remains: what do you do with them once the trip’s over? We asked readers in the TPG Lounge to weigh in, and turns out many re-use them for good: “I package them up after collecting all year, buy a few more things, if needed, make gift bags with special notes to the battered women’s shelter,” says Gazelle Jacobs. 
Here are some other clever suggestion from TPG readers: 
Photo courtesy Justin Jordan
Photo courtesy Justin Jordan

Justin Jordan uses his leftover amenity kits to stash excess cords.

“Don’t get to fly first class but when I visited my parents last year I found that my father, who travels a bunch, passes his amenity kits from first class to less fortunate individuals he encounters living in downtown Chicago. It was such a great #prouddaughter moment,” says Hannah Wulczyn.

Photo courtesy Albert Lin
Photo courtesy Albert Lin

“Totally save them and stock up on #earplugs #eyemasks and occasionally comfy house/hotel/long haul flight slippers,” says Albert Lin. “I can also neither confirm nor deny I occasionally ‘liberate’ & snag an unused extra pair of slippers or amenity kits from first/business class as I disembark.”

Photo courtesy of Noah Rattner
Photo courtesy of Noah Rattner

Noah Rattner uses a larger amenity kit to store his tech products.

Photo courtesy Bryan C. Solis
Photo courtesy Bryan C. Solis

Amenity kits double as storage for unused batteries for Bryan C. Solis.

And then, of course, there’s the obvious tactic: “Keep them and use them often. One in purse, one in car, gym bag,” says Elizabeth Marquart. 

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