Make Visitors Feel At Home With These Guest Room Essentials
The holidays are upon us and that means houseguests. Whether it’s cousins, in-laws, kids-home-from-school or your hometown bestie, you want them to feel cozy and comfortable. Our guest room checklist is here to help you organize and accessorize any space to make everyone feel welcome.
Make A Place for Your Guests’ Stuff
Whether you’ve got a separate guest room or are opening up a pullout couch, taking the time to make a bit of space is always appreciated. Provide storage for their things so they can unpack comfortably. Clear off the top of a dresser or side table, empty a drawer, or push aside some stuff in your closet and leave a set of hangers there for your visitors.
A decorative tray with a mirror, clock and a few pretty things spells welcome no matter where you place it — as well as suggesting a safe spot to set jewelry, watches and smart phones.
Sleep in Style
Have you got everything you need or do you need to shop for a few more bedding basics? Make sure you have at least two pillows and an extra blanket that your guests can easily access.
Towels & Toiletries
Make trips to and from the bathroom convenient with a basket to hold towels and other essentials.
Who doesn’t love mini-bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash, plus a comb and a colorful towel they can tell apart from any that are already in the bathroom, especially if it’s shared. For an extra special hotel touch, include a bath robe, slippers, and face lotion.
Make sure there’s a handy place to hang towels to dry in the washroom — and consider having extras of oft-forgotten travel essentials, like toothbrushes and cotton swabs, on hand. Be sure to have menstrual products like tampons and pads too.
Provide A Place To Plug In
Equip guest rooms with a bedside lamp, nightlight and a power cord for charging phones, laptops and other gadgets. If you can, leave a power strip out so they can charge it all at the same time.
Provide an easily accessible first-aid kit with bandages and antibacterial stuff. Show them where they can find pain relieving medication or ice packs too. Show your guests where your fire extinguisher is, just in case. You never know what kind of mischief guests will get into.
If your guests include little ones, be sure to babyproof before they arrive.
A guide to your home
Make your guest feel at home and include a guide to your house so they don’t have to ask. Jot down a list of important numbers and passwords for Wi-Fi. Write down which streaming services they can use on your television. Be sure to point out light switches, heat/AC settings, and outlets. If you have pets, include information about them too; where the treats are, when they go out, etc. Ask your guest before they arrive if they need any food or medical accomodations so you can be prepared.
Guest Essentials Checklist
Make sure you have these items for your guests to make their stay comfy. Don’t forget the chocolate on their pillow.
- Bedding and pillows
- Bath towel
- Hand towels
- Wash cloth
- Bath robe
- Body wash
- Tooth brush
- Tooth paste
- Cotton swabs
- Tissue box
- Hand sanitizer
- Trash can
- Laundry basket
- Bed tray
- Ear plugs
- Sleep mask
- Bedside lamp
- Power strip
- USB charger