Wondering what to put in a guest room or a guest bathroom? Here are the 23 guest room essentials (and guest bath!) to create a welcoming space. The secret to a perfect guest room is easier than you think!
It’s always nice to make someone feel welcome in your home. Whether guests are visiting from near or far, it’s great if they can have a place to relax and unwind and to call their own while staying with you.
And one should expect that someone, at some point, will forget something they need! So here’s a list of all the guest room essentials to keep on hand for those that come for a visit!
How to Prepare for Guests
Clean and declutter before your guest arrives, especially if they will be sleeping over and/or showering! No one likes to feel like they are putting their host out. Have fresh linens available, clear away your personal belongings, and give your guest a clean slate for themselves!
Whether you have a dedicated guest room, your guests are sharing a room with another family member, or they’re sleeping on a pull-out sofa, you can still gather guest essentials and have them handy.
And remember! Most of these items you probably have lying around your house, so it’s just a matter of collecting and putting them in the guest bedroom and won’t require you to spend any extra money.
guest room Essentials
1. Fresh Bedding
Always wash the bedding before a guest arrives so that the sheets feel and smell freshly laundered and ensure that the bed is made prior to their arrival. Also be sure to provide extra pillows and blankets.
Side note: I’m a huge fan of using Downy Unstoppables in the wash with bedding and towels. The fresh scent lasts a long time and will give guests that freshly-laundered feel!
Although I am fine with guests opening the windows at night or even adjusting the thermostat to their liking, I also like to keep a small portable fan in the closet for guests that either like sleeping with the noise or need extra air.
3. Reading Material
When you sleep away from home, it can sometimes be difficult to get to sleep and so I like to keep a few different magazines on hand, as well as a small selection of books.
It’s important that there be good overall lighting in the room, but also good bedside lamps for reading.
5. Small Bowl or Dish
I like to create a place for guests to take off and set their jewelry for the night. I know that when I travel, I am always looking for a safe spot to put my things!
6. Alarm Clock
Many people now have cell phones that have alarm settings, but just in case, it’s always nice to provide one. If it’s a digital alarm clock, make sure that the brightness can be dimmed so as not to keep your guests awake with a glowing light in their room.
Keep a bottle of water or a carafe on the bedside table for guests that get thirsty during the night.
Keep a box of tissue handy, either in the bedroom or the bathroom.
9. Suitcase Holder
Luggage racks are great, but if you don’t have one, you can also use a bench, chair or ottoman. At the very least, make sure you have a clear spot where a guest can lay their suitcase and open it all the way for easy access to their belongings.
10. Extra Hangers
It’s important that guests be able to hang up certain items of clothing. For some things, hooks are fine but for others, make sure that you’ve cleared out space in a closet and have provided some extra hangers.
I keep the following items in a spare drawer that is tagged with a label that says, “Help Yourself” so that guests know they are free to use anything in the drawer.
Just in case the power goes out or someone needs to get up during the night, I keep a flashlight on hand.
12. Desk Supplies
It’s nice to give guests paper and pen so that they can jot down numbers, names, lists or anything else they need to remember. Stamps are also nice to have on hand.
A full-length mirror is preferable so that guests can see their entire outfit when dressing, but at the very least, provide a mirror large enough that they can do a quick face/hair check.
Sometimes, guests get hungry after dinner but might feel it impolite to ask for a snack (this especially applies to guests to are traveling across time zones). Just like the snack baskets in hotel rooms, I like to keep a few items like nuts, pretzels, granola bars, gum, mints and even a piece of fresh fruit on hand. Be sure to include a special food or beverage that specific to your area, if possible. (Don’t forget to remove the food from the room after your guests leave!)
Other Bedroom Items
These are of course nice to put in the room, but not a necessity.
16. Maps/Tour Books
For larger cities, a general map of the area is nice to have on hand, as well as a list of local destinations and activities. Even if you don’t have a guide book for your area, you can always write your own list or print out information from the internet.
17. Playing Cards
Just in case they have trouble falling asleep, it’s nice to have a deck of cards on hand.
18. Wi-Fi Password
Everyone always wants to know the wi-fi password, even if they aren’t staying overnight! Make it easy for your guests by having the password written down where they can easily find it.
You can download and print this wi-fi sign for your own use!
guest Bathroom Essentials
19. Fresh Towels
Just like the linens, be sure to wash the towels prior to a guest arriving so that they smell fresh. This includes bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths.
In a small basket I keep new, sample-sized items of soap, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, Q-tips, lotion, dental floss, toothpaste, and Tide To Go (to help avoid guests having to do laundry).
I also keep a spare toothbrush, comb, hairdryer and razor on hand. Many grocery and retail stores sell travel sizes of these items, but you can also pick them up from hotels whenever you travel.
21 Extra Toilet Paper
There’s nothing worse than running out of toilet paper at someone else’s house and not being able to find a spare roll! Make sure that you have extra toilet paper on hand and that it is easily accessible. You might also consider using the “good” toilet paper when guests are visiting!
22. Night Light
Help your guests find their way in the middle of the night be equipping the bathroom with a nightlight or small lamp.
23. Drinking Cup
Keep one in the bathroom for any medicine or vitamins that guests need to take.
Have I missed something in this list of guest room supplies?? Let me know if you have other suggestions for how to make a guest feel comfortable in your home!
P.S. – You can download the vintage tag I used on the drawer for FREE from J Ann B designs!
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