Hosting overnight guests presents distinct challenges, but it also gives you the opportunity to welcome your friends and family in a very special way. Let your visitors know how happy you are to have them in your home by setting up space for the ultimate in comfort and convenience when they visit.
Provide a Choice of Bedding
Everyone has their own comfort level when sleeping. Cater to your guests with flexible options like an assortment of pillows in varying sizes and firmness levels. Keep a throw or two on the bed and a fan in the room so visitors can easily and stay as warm or cool as they like.
Supply Easy Snacks
Nothing is worse than a rumbly belly away from home when you’re not sure how to ask about snacks. Make sure your guests never need to navigate those waters by providing readily available food and drinks they can grab on their own. Provide a charming basket of snacks in their room with an assortment of salty and sweet treats like crackers, fruit, nuts, or cookies. Show them where you keep drinks and encourage your visitors to help themselves as you’re giving them a quick tour on arrival.
Tidy Up Their Sleeping Space
Always freshen up your home before guests arrive, particularly around their sleeping area. Launder sheets and towels, even if they’re not soiled, as dust mites can settle into unused linens. Dust and vacuum to minimize potential allergens and irritants in your guest area as well. If you haven’t changed your HVAC air filter in the last month, this is a good time to do so. Freshening the air is as important as scrubbing the toilet when it comes to supplying your visitors with a welcome space to stay.
Keep Toiletries on Hand
Stock up on a selection of toiletries for your guests so they have all the conveniences of a hotel within the comforts of your home. If you have visitors often, consider keeping a few full-size bottles of soap, shampoo, and face wash on hand in the guest bathroom. If your visitors are less frequent, a small basket of travel size products is just as effective. Don’t overlook easily forgotten items like extra toothbrushes, razors, or deodorant so you can quickly supply a replacement if requested.
Offer Easy Entertainment
Welcome your guests in a special way with a carefully curated collection of entertainment. Stock the nightstand with magazines that feature your friends’ interests. Set up a Netflix or Hulu profile for your guest with a few favorite shows highlighted. Stop by your local visitor’s center and gather brochures, maps, and coupons for local highlights to tuck into a folder for your guests. These extra touches go beyond essential comforts and let your guests know you’re truly happy to have them there.
Making the extra effort to create a welcoming ambiance in your home will give your guests the ultimate vacation experience. Supply them with all the right comforts for a memorable visit they’ll cherish for years to come.