Top 10 Essentials for Summer Overnight Guests

With a list like this, you may run the risk of having your guests over-stay their welcome! Here is a list of must-haves for making a room comfortable for guests:
    1. Travel-Sized Toiletries—like shampoo,
    2. Extra Flip-Flops or Slippers—for wearing around the house or after the pool, beach or a shower
    3. Snacks—things like crackers and fruit for late-night snacks
    4. A Stack of Fluffy Towels—including one suitable for the beach
    5. A Clock with an iPod Dock—preferably. . .they may want to listen to some music or relax in their room for a while without disturbing everyone else
    6. Magazines—different types, especially travel ones
    7. Scented Soy Candles—even having an unlit candle in a room provides a nice scent. Choose something relaxing.
    8. An Extra Blanket—for cool evenings
    9. A Garbage Bin—It can be embarrassing to have to ask where one is or to traipse your rubbish all over the house just to throw it away.
    10. Cables and Cords—for plugging in a laptop or iPod

waste bin

Bin for dirty towels, from See Jane Work

I’d love to know your thoughts—what else would you include in a guest room?

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  1. There's some great ideas there! I'd also like to point out another idea if you don't have cables and cords – a power strip so they can plug in their own cables. I had friends visit last month from Texas and I hope I was able to make them feel comfy!

  2. I've got everything you listed (usually our guest is my MIL so she brings most of her toiletries, cables, books to read, her own laptop)….candles are out of question for her since some scents trigger migraines….the only thing we are missing is an actual bed….
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  3. jct6878 says:

    Great tips! And I love the idea of a clock with an ipod dock – never thought of that. In fact we have a clock like that we aren't using. I think I'm going to move it to the guest room. Thank you!
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  4. Great list! I also like to put a small water pitcher and glass on the nightstand. I have one where the glass covers the pitcher so it's cute and perfectly designed for a guest room!
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  5. I would have never thought about a trash can. Great ideas!

  6. Great list. Our guest room isn't terribly comfortable (hide-a-bed) but I try and make it more inviting by adding these kinds of extra touches.