Welcome to another installment of our amenity kit review series. As in previous reviews, I will be reviewing this amenity kit on a scale from 1 to 5 (being the best) and will rate it based on five categories:
- Bag/container: design, quality and reusability/collectibility of the bag.
- Product: quality, size and variety of the facial and body products.
- Comfort items: eye masks, ear plugs, etc.
- Miscellaneous: pens, tissues and everything else.
- Extras: additional items that make your flight just a tad more comfortable including pajamas, slippers, etc.
In this installment, I take a look at Delta’s domestic TUMI amenity kit. Delta first introduced the TUMI kits in 2012; however, they refreshed the kits last September. The airline alternates between hard-sided and soft-sided cases. My westbound Delta One flight featured hard sided cases, which I review here. This particular kit’s design copies TUMI’s “19 Degree” aluminum luggage. For a frame of reference, see Scott’s post on the previous generation kits, used from 2015-2017.
Delta One TUMI “19 Degree” Amenity Kit
While I hardly consider myself an amenity kit geek, I like this design. It’s clean and sleek, and does a good job copycatting a TUMI carry-on. The case also looks like it has plenty of room to hold a toiletry Ziploc. Or perhaps to store a passport, phone and wallet while going through security.
I do wonder how durable the plastic case will be over time, though. It seems like it might crack easily if stepped on, or crushed under heavy luggage. I do need to dock a half point for that concern. But kudos to Delta for designing something unique. These kits have some collector value based on what I see on eBay. Score: 4.5.
Delta equips its domestic kits with mouthwash, lip balm, hand lotion, and hand cleanser. The lip balm and hand lotion are provided by Kiehl’s, a New York-based personal care company.
Overall, the kit is pretty well equipped, and the Kiehl’s products are good quality. The lotion retails for $22 for an 8.4-ounce bottle. Unlike the jetBlue Hopper kit, Delta provides mouthwash, a welcome addition. And of course, I always give extra credit for using local products. Score: 3.5.
In addition to the toothbrush and toothpaste, the kit includes socks, eyeshades, and earplugs. They eyeshades do a good job blocking out light, but feel a bit tight in the back. Otherwise, this is a pretty standard set of items, though the socks scream “Where’s Waldo”. Score: 3.
Delta provides a pack of tissues and a pen. As someone who constantly fouls up his glasses, the tissues are appreciated. Also, it’s rare to find a pen on a domestic amenity kit. Goodness knows I always seem to need one and can’t find one. Score: 3.
The kit technically contains no extras, like pajamas or slippers. However, Delta does offer one pretty cool extra worth mentioning. Inside each kit is a card for a complimentary monogramming at a TUMI store. Just take the card with you, and they’ll personalize it while you wait. Just be careful, lest you find yourself walking out with a few thousand bucks worth of luggage to go with it. I’d say the ability to personalize an amenity kit is unique, and worth a bonus point. Score: 2.
Delta One TUMI Amenity Kit Final Thoughts
The Delta One hard-sided TUMI “19 Degree” amenity kit averages out to 3.2/5. That’s a very good score for a domestic Business Class amenity kit, and beats out jetBlue’s kit by a good half a point. At least for now, Delta offers a best in class domestic amenity kit. It’s a nice bonus on top of a solid all-around hard and soft product.