In just a few more days travel will begin and guests will be flying in to many of our homes and vice versa. So I came up with The Great Holiday Guest Prep List to make sure we have everything we need in the guest room and beyond!
Let’s Start With The Guest Room…
The Guest Room Check List
A place for everyone to sleep.
If your home is small it may be time to invest in a pull out sofa or a really nice blow up bed. We also have a Tri Fold Foam Bed that guests always say is very comfortable and folds up easily for storage. Do your best to not offer guests a broken or worn out bed. It can be tempting to keep an old mattress or bed past it’s prime in the guest room, but that will make for very cranky guests.
Time to make sure extra sheets and comforters are clean and without stains or holes. If they need to be replaced now is the time to pick some up. Nothing fancy needed as long as they look clean.
Somewhere for guests to hang and store clothing and shoes.
Hangers are a must!
Once you found some clothes hanging space, stock up on a few extra hangers for guests.
If you don’t have a big space to put luggage on, it may be a good idea to invest in a luggage rack. It’s not nice to make guest open luggage on the floor or put dirty luggage on the bed or place they are going to sleep. This one is nice and affordable. If you want them to open luggage on the bed, put a thick throw or fabric at the lower foot of the bed to save your sheets and comforter from getting messed up. Think of what most hotels use.
Guests will need some empty surfaces to put their things like jewelry, medicine, makeup, etc. Get some nice trays to keep their items together and help avoid them falling behind furniture.
Be sure guests have an optional night light to navigate your home at night to find the bathroom. Also important for guests with children who may be afraid of the dark. Or ME, lol, if I ever come visit.
Towels, your guest will need them to shower and maybe even a wash cloth.
Best to get a nice clean white (can be super bleached) towel set and have them ready for your guest. Most people end up having to search the linen closet and end up finding old, stained, or tattered towels. Show your guests you want them to feel comfortable.
You’re going to need some baskets.
Beautiful decorative baskets are a great way to organize smaller guest items like toiletries. You can also fold the towels and place them neatly in a basket. Be sure you measure the precise size of the table top you will be placing them on before you head to the store. You could also neatly lay baskets on the food of the bed as a welcome basket.
Snacks and Water.
Guests may not feel comfortable foraging for food at night if they are hungry. Have a few protein bars and healthy snacks to hold them over. Be sure to add a few bottles of water or a carafe of ice water. They might not have eaten or had enough to drink during travel. Not having to bother you for a snack and drink will be greatly appreciated.
Other Areas to Prep For Holiday Guests
Kitchen: Be sure to make sure there is enough food in the kitchen to handle the extra load of people. Are there enough eggs for breakfast? What about milk?
Parking: Work out where they can park if they are driving or renting a car. Have a spaced pick out for them and give them a heads up.
Key and Entry: If your guests may want to venture out without you have a spare key, keyring, and anything else they may need to know to get into the property. Think alarm codes and garage or gate openers.
Full disclosure, I wasn’t always concerned with the comfort of guests. However, after traveling extensively and being a guest so many time, I will say that it does not go unnoticed each little gesture your hosts makes. It truly is a wonderful feeling when the details are taken care of, and you don’t have to feel you are imposing. “Do you have any extra towels?” “May I have some water?” Nope, it’s already been taken care of and everything is ready for you.
I’m making a solid effort to make guests feel comfortable, welcome, and happy. Let’s all have a happy holiday…together.