5 Essentials For When You Have Overnight Guests

5 Essentials For When You Have Overnight Guests
We have guests all the time. We live in North Carolina and people love coming to visit. I don’t blame them. We were wearing t-shirts on New Year’s Eve. It’s the best. The majority of our friends and family live in New York so when we have guests, they’re overnight guests. It’s not usually just someone driving by who decides to stop. It’s almost always planned far in advance, giving us time to prepare. And, as you know, you need to prepare for overnight guests.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help. I put together a list of essentials for overnight guests. As long as you have everything on this list, you’ll be ready.

5 Essentials For When You Have Overnight Guests

1. Fresh towels and sheets
The first thing we do when we know a guest is coming is wash the sheets on the guest bed and put fresh towels in the guest bathroom. We make sure to fold fresh washcloths over the fresh towels too so our guests don’t have to hunt for them.

The best trick I’ve learned is do a load of laundry with towels and sheets the day before the guests are arriving. It’s just an easier way to remember that yes, you do have fresh sheets for your guests. If you wash the sheets and towels after guests leave, in anticipation of more guests coming in the future, you might actually forget to wash them. If there are no guests on the horizon, you may think you can put off washing (because, really, who likes laundry?). Then, when guests actually do decide to visit, you forget if the sheets are clean or not … so you end up washing them (again).

2. Shower necessities
As a couponer, we always have a ton of this. So, to make our guests’ lives easier, I always have the guest shower stocked with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. I leave a razor in there too, just in case our guests realize they forgot one. I’m not sure how many of our guests have actually used that razor, but I like to leave it there. If you don’t have extra full-sized products to just leave in the guest shower, you can pack a cute glass jar with sample-sized items from hotel rooms. They’ll work in a pinch.

If you want to be really great, you can also leave small containers (we actually use washed out finished candles) filled with cotton balls, cotton swabs, and toothpaste. Your guests probably will have packed these, but they’re nice to offer … just in case.

3. Snacks (including drinks)
When guests come over (and stay overnight or not), it’s important to feed them. You don’t need to give them a full five-course sit down dinner, but it’s nice to have cheese and crackers or chips for them. And drinks too. You can stock up on water and soda or if you know that your guests like a certain adult beverage, you can pick that up for them too. You can always go out to the store when your guests are in town to pick up stuff, but it’s nice to let them come in, relax, and have something to snack on after a long trip.

4. WiFi password
Such a modern essential, but you should have your WiFi password available for your guests. Even our day guests ask for the password almost as soon as they come inside. Everyone has this need to be connected … without using their own data, of course. So, when you’re having guests, be sure to have your WiFi password ready to give to them when they ask.

5. Paper products (like toilet paper and paper towels)
We were staying a weekend at a friends’ … and she ran out early in the morning because she had run out of toilet paper. What a pain, right? Ever since then, I always make sure to have toilet paper stocked up. And I put an extra roll in our guest bathroom, just in case.

Paper towels are so important if you are hosting guests with little kids. There’s a very good chance there will be a spill (or two or three) and you just want to be able to grab a roll of paper towels to clean up. 

What items do you think are essential for overnight guests?

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  1. Charlene Asay

    January 6, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Great basket idea. Some day I will have a guest room and I will be sure to add this for sure!

  2. Jennifer

    January 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    What a nice way to make your guests feel welcome. I love the basket presentation.

  3. Kayla

    January 10, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Great tips! We never have guests because I live in a one bedroom apartment, but I’m hoping some day soon that will change! Love the idea of including the wifi password :)

  4. Heather Jacobs

    January 12, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I love the basket idea and instead of t.p in there I think I will tuck and extra blanket and put it at the end of their bed.

  5. Mollie

    January 12, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I started to laugh because that sheet situation is one I have often had happen to me~right now as a matter of fact~

  6. Teri@The Freshman Cook

    January 14, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I love the basket idea, making it easy for guests to find what they need, when they need it! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate It!

  7. Karen

    January 14, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Great post. Thanks for the suggestions.

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