If you’re expecting overnight houseguests during the holidays, I’ve got all the tips and tricks on how to set up a Houseguest Welcome Basket with essentials your houseguest might need during their visit along with some nonessentials to make your guests feel welcome and at home! When we have a houseguest visiting, I make sure that guest bathroom is prepped for visitors, I set up a coffee station in the kitchen, and I stock a basket in the guest bedroom with all the comfort and health essentials my guest may need along with some nonessentials to make them feel more at home. My essentials list is below:
Water: 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 to just help themselves in the kitchen, so I make sure to keep plenty of water on hand for them. Snacks and Treats: Homemade treats are always a nice touch to let your house guest know you care, but if you don’t have time, store-bought will do! Try to find some local or regional treats, especially for international visitors to give them a taste of the area. Include some cookies, chocolate, and salty snacks such as crackers, chips, or popcorn.
Toiletries: 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 basket with a few shower and bath essentials.
Here’s a short list of oft-forgotten toiletries to possibly include:
- shower cap
- feminine products
- first aid kit
- allergy meds (especially if you have pets)
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.
Hand Lotion and Chapstick: I like to include some hand lotion and chapstick, especially during the winter months and I make sure to tell my guest that it is a gift and to take it home with them if they need it.
Extra Blanket: Include an extra blanket in case your guest gets a little chilly at night.
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.
Phone Charger: I keep a charger plugged in next to the guest bedroom’s bed, but you can also put it in the basket so your guest can easily find it.
Something Nice: Include something nice such as a candle, flowers, or magazines, etc.
Extra Towels: I always leave out fresh towels in the bathroom, but I also stock the basket with a few extras just in case.
Looking for more ideas on prepping your home for houseguests? Check out my post on how to prep your home for houseguests if you have pets, how to prep your guest bathroom for weekend visitors, or how to set up a coffee station for guests!