Holiday Hosting: Guest Room Must-Haves

published Nov 30, 2015
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If you’re lucky enough to have a guest room, chances are good that you’ll be hosting someone there this holiday season. Of course you want your guests to be comfortable, but even the most dedicated hosts sometimes forget a few things. Before your guests arrive, take a look at this checklist of six guest room must-haves to make their stay as enjoyable as possible.

Probably the biggest potential source of discomfort for your guests is your home’s temperature. Make sure they don’t get chilly at night by providing a few extra layers.

Extra pillows.
Sometimes one pillow just isn’t enough. I sleep with two pillows, and I’ve even heard of people who sleep with three or four. If you have the space, it’s nice to provide your guests with a few extras. Pick out styles in a few different levels of firmness, for maximum satisfaction.

A lamp.
When you’re winding down at the end of the day (or when you’re waking up early and trying not to disturb your partner), it’s nice to have lighting options besides just the brilliant overheads. Providing your guests with a lamp or two is an important contribution to their comfort.

The wi-fi password.
Having the wi-fi password printed on a card in the guest room (or framed on the wall) is a thoughtful touch — and will save your guests the trouble of stealing out of their room late at night to ask you.

A luggage rack.
Putting your suitcase on a luggage rack is so much nicer than just putting it on the floor, and it makes it a lot easier to get things out when you need them. And it’s easy to fold and tuck away when you’re not using it.

Putting towels out for your guests in the guest room is a nice touch — and it means that your guests won’t have to go rooting around in the bathroom trying to figure out which ones are ok to use.

Bonus: Don’t have a guest room? Check out these tips for overnight hosting without a guest room.