Guest Room Welcome Basket

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My husband and I love house guests. Hosting friends and family overnight makes us feel happy & content. Now that we have our own place again, I plan to make up a supply basket for our guest room. This idea probably isn’t really original, hotels have been doing it for years. However, I think they are very beneficial to you and your guests. They are a good way to be prepared for house guests.

I know that when I am staying over at someone else’s place, I feel awkward asking for personal hygiene items that I may have left at home: toothpaste, Q-tips, soap, etc. I also feel awkward rummaging through their bathroom drawers looking for such items.

When house guests would ask for those items, it is never awkward for me, but I feel embarrassed that they are not readily available to meet my guests’ needs. I know they must be feeling embarrassed as to leave them at home as well.

Why not be more prepared. Make it more comfortable for everyone involved and make a welcome basket for your guests? Be sure to included:

  • toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and possibly some mouth wash
  • brush or comb, bobby pins, hair ties, hair dryer
  • shampoo, conditioner, body wash
  • Tylenol, Motrin, cough drops, band-aids
  • pads, tampons
  • Q-tips, tissues,
  • lotion, chap-stick
  • batteries

Also in the guestroom, you should leave out:

  • towels, washcloths,
  • extra blankets & sheets
  • magazines & books, crosswords or Sudoku
  • an alarm clock & calendar
  • pens, paper, note cards, post cards
  • snacks or candy
  • candle
  • TV & radio

Also, write a personal note or letter to the guests to make them feel welcome. You can include a note (possibly laminated) with information about your house/apartment. Information to include:

  • where they can park
  • info about local coffee shops, malls, tourist spots
  • how to run the TV or DVD player
  • WiFi password
  • work/school schedules of you & your family
  • emergency phone numbers

Your house guests will really appreciate the effort you make to see to their comfort.

Once your guests leave, do a quick survey of the room and the basket, go to the aisle with the toiletry samples, and restock. Pretty simple.

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  1. I love this list! I second Lana’s suggestion of water, too. I pinned this to have on hand next time I am preparing for houseguests. Thank you!

  2. I too leave out a basket of goodies for my guests but hadn’t thought of batteries! Bottled water is a must bedside too. We have a guest room with attached full bath so I keep it ready for last minute drop ins :). The sample area at the store is the perfect place to restock!

  3. I really like how you added feminine hygiene products…I know some are sensitive about this but it’s a biological fact & sometimes our guests forget to pack such items…I would add an extra blanket in the room & a small coffee maker, couple of mugs & coffee of course…I have to have my coffee in the morning before I’m human…Great post 🙂

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