Hosting out of town guests

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I love hosting out of town guests! I’ve outlined some great tips you can use to make your guests feel right at home. We get a lot of guests because we moved far away from all family in friends for work. You can read about if you should move for a job, or about our first year in Minnesota!

I think hosting out of town guests is a lot like staging a home. You want to make the guest feel warm and welcome. Open up the shades, turn the lights on, and light a candle right before they arrive.

Think about what you would want if you traveled to a relative’s home. For me, I’d want a comfortable place to sleep, coffee, and something simple I enjoy for breakfast.

The basics

  • Decent sheets. I had to convince my husband on this one and I’m glad I did.
  • Extra blankets and pillows in a place they can see or easily get to.
  • Fan
  • Extra Towels
  • Extra toilet paper in an obvious place. You know that scary feeling when you are at someone’s house and you run out!
  • Fill their shower with basic shampoo or conditioner if they have their own.
  • A jar of q-tips/cotton swabs!
  • Ask how they take their coffee (or drink of choice). My cousin, who is my next guest, takes cream and sugar. I usually keep the sugar hidden beneath in my cabinets, but I bought a cute jar to keep it out on the counter for ease of use. There’s a minuscule chance that she’ll wake up before me, but in that small chance I wanted the sugar to be out so she wouldn’t have to rummage through my cabinets.
  • I’m preparing a lasagna in advance and freezing it. That way on the day she arrives, I can just pop it in the oven.
  • Basic breakfast granola bars, bananas, or apples.¬†Even if you plan on preparing breakfast, having something out that they can snack on will be appreciated.
  • Show them where the iron/steamer is so they can get it without asking you.
  • Hangers in their closet so they can hang wrinkled items.
Get cozy in our guest room!

The extras

  • Night lights. This was actually my husband’s idea. It makes it easier for your guest to find where they are going when they aren’t familiar with the light switches.
  • A toiletries basket filled with mini travel products someone may have forgot: toothbrushes, mousse, hairspray, gum, chapstick, loofa etc. I even add an under eye mask; I won’t travel without one! (See the full list underneath this list.)
  • A picture of you and your guest together. A special memory will make them feel welcome!
  • Wifi password sign
  • Favorite snack or candy in their room along with bottles of water.
  • Also– if you are picking them up from the airport, bring extra water.
  • Alcohol drink of choice
Toiletries basket
Toiletries basket

Toiletries Basket

  • Under eye mask
  • Makeup remover
  • Toothbrushes/Toothpaste
  • Gum
  • Loofah
  • Lotion
  • Q-tips
  • Floss
  • Body Wash
  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Chapstick
  • Hairspray
  • Mousse
  • Hair Elastics
  • Face Wash
  • Shaving Cream/Razors

What do you think? Is there something I left off the list that is a necessity?

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