How To Prepare For Out Of Town Guests

Whenever I have guests, I always try to think ahead. I also think about my experiences as an out of town guest. I know every guest is different so I come up with a general idea of what a guest would like and then I think specifically about that person that is staying. Since I have people over often, I put together a list of tips on how to prepare for out of town guests so you can be the best host.

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The most important thing is to have a clean house. I’ve stayed at houses that were very not clean and it isn’t very refreshing. Now it isn’t exactly the biggest secret that I am not the cleanest person, but you wouldn’t know it if you came to spend the night at my house. 

Before your guests come over, make sure the bathrooms are pristine, the carpet is freshly cleaned, and the house is clutter free. 


I know how easy it is to forget to pack something. Toiletries are often the most left behind. I also know that bringing along shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and such can be a big pain. I can go through the TSA allowed shampoo in like two days. 

I’ll leave the basket of toiletries on the bathroom counter so they cannot be missed.
In the basket, I typically include shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, and body wash.

I will edit the basket depending on the guest.  I already know my mother’s favorite shampoo and conditioner, as well as her toothpaste preference. Sometimes, if you don’t know the person that well, you just have to guess at what they like. 

I also provide an assortment of medicines, pain reliever, and tissues. 

Reading Materials

I know that some people like to read before bed or maybe early in the morning. I like to provide a variety of reading materials for my guests.  I will often provide a number of magazines, sudoku, word searches, and crossword puzzles. A pen and notepad are also a great idea. 

Clock and Lamp

While most people are attached to their iPhone,  I have guests that like having an actual alarm clock and table lamp.  In addition to making sure they have these on the nightstand, I also make sure that there are available outlets so they can charge any electronics they might have with them.

Snacks and Beverages 

I like to provide my guests with a variety of snacks and beverages. I like to include bottled water, chocolate, sandwich crackers, granola bars, and nuts. If I know they have a favorite, I will make sure to have that too.

Do you have any other tips on how to prepare for out of town guests? Or as a guest are things you really like a hostess to have ready for you?

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