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If you’re expecting overnight houseguests during the holidays, then keep reading because I’ve got all the tips and tricks you might need to set up a Houseguest Welcome Basket with essentials your houseguest might need during their visit. Except my Welcome Basket is more of a Welcome Cart. We don’t have a designated guest room and instead we simply use a blow up mattress in my dressing room/office, so along with holding all of the guest’s potential essentials, it also acts as a bedside table. When we have a houseguest visiting, I make sure that the cart is stocked with all the comfort and health essentials. My essentials list is below:
Smartwater: I always make sure my houseguests have plenty of water available. Flying can be so dehydrating and guests never want to impose and some don’t know how to help themselves in the kitchen, so I make sure to keep plenty of Smartwater on hand for them. Alarm Clock: I know everyone uses their cell phones for alarms these days, but sometimes it’s just nice to look at an actual clock.
Flowers or houseplant: Having something alive in the room makes it feel more like home. A houseplant or flowers are always a nice treat for a guest. Homemade Treats: Homemade treats are always a nice touch to let your house guest know you care. I know a lot of my friends who plan to visit have been making special requests for homemade donuts …
HALLS: Remember, if your guest just flew into town, they might have a sore throat from breathing all the recycled air on the airplane, so be sure to have some HALLS stocked in your welcome basket (or cart!)WiFi Code: Having a framed Wifi Code is almost a must these days unless you like crawling on the floor under your desk to grab the code off the side of your router. And no, that’s not our real password. Kleenex: Kleenex is always nice to have on hand because it can be used for so many things – allergies, the winter season, applying makeup, etc. It’s having things like Kleenex on hand for guests that make it feel like home away from home.
Premium Saltine Crackers: I made some sweet homemade treats, but in case my houseguest is craving something savory, I keep some Premium Saltine Crackers in the welcome cart just in case someone wants a midnight snack but doesn’t want to raid the fridge. Privacy Door Hanger: Our doors don’t lock (it’s an old house!), so to make a guest feel secure that no one is going to walk in on them, I made a little privacy door hanger.
Lysol Wipes: Lysol kills 99.9% of bacteria on soft surfaces, so I’ve added it to the cart in case my guest needs to clean something – their suitcase, the guest bathroom, etc. Extra Towels: I always leave out fresh towels, but I also stock the cart with a few extras just in case.
Loofah and Soap: I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS forget something when I travel – a toothbrush, shampoo, my loofah, etc., so I’ve stocked the cart with a few shower and bath essentials.
Fruit: In case my guest is an early riser and wants breakfast or even just a midday snack, I’ve added a couple apples and a banana to the cart. I made my home “houseguest ready” by stocking up on all my houseguest essentials at CVS. You can do the same, and starting Sunday 11/15 through the end of the week, if you spend $15 at your CVS store, you will receive $5 in extra bucks!