The holidays usually mean inviting guests to our home. We all want to be welcomed and feel comfortable when we visit others. Be prepared with this list!
Be ready for your holiday guests with this list of must-have items from Successful Homemakers
These everyday items are things that we take for granted in our own homes. When we travel, it’s easy to overlook packing some of these items. Also, when flying, many of these items simply cannot be brought along on the trip. By providing these items, you’ll make your guests feel right at home. You might also win the hostess of the year by being prepared and thoughtful!
15 Must-Have Items Before Your Holiday Guests Arrive:
Be sure to include paper goods, snacks, beverages, personal care items, and more for your guests to feel at home.
1. Flashlight, nightlight, alarm clock
2. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash
3. Neutral scented soap- both liquid hand soap and bar soap
4. Shampoo & conditioner
5. Feminine products
6. Towels and washcloths
7. Paper goods (paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex) I love these new Kleenex containers! They are durable and fit right in with holiday decor!
By providing your guests with plenty of beverage and snack options, you’ll make them feel right at home!
8. Bottled water
9. Coffee pot, tea kettle, coffee filters, coffee, tea, creamer, sugar, honey
10. Fruit, cereal bars, quick snacks, a pack of gum, a tin of mints
Make your guests comfortable by including extra pillows and blankets.
11. Extra pillows- both firm and soft
12. Extra blankets- both light and heavy
When relaxing and reading or watching tv, a comfortable sitting spot includes a light throw and a pillow. Be sure to have these items available to your guests.
13. Universal cell phone/tablet charger plug
14. Puzzles, cards, games to play
15. Notepad and pen
16. Bonus! Add a package of fluffy socks in solid colors to really treat your guests!
Some other thoughtful tips:
Leave a free outlet on each side of the bed, and another in the living area. We all tend to have electronic devices that require charging. Make these outlets as accessible as possible for your guests.
Many people use their cell phone as an alarm clock, so having a free outlet near the bedside table is a great convenience. Providing a universal charger sure helps if your guest has forgotten to bring their charger along.
If your WiFi is password protected, be sure to leave the password where it will be easily found.
If you have any appliances for your guests to use, be sure to leave clear instructions for their use near the appliance.
Be sure to remove any breakable or sentimental objects from your guests’ space. This is better than an accident destroying your great aunt’s trinket that you treasure.
Showing hospitality to others doesn’t need to be stressful or overwhelming. Think of the things that you use on a daily basis in your home and make them available to your guests. They’ll thank you for it, and you’ll have a wonderful time visiting with them! I’d love for you to share your best tips to add to this list!
Thank you to Clever Girls for partnering with me to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own!
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