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What to Put in a Guest Room for Overnight Guests

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Here is a complete list of what to put in a guest room so you are prepared for those overnight guests coming to your home!

I have experience both being a guest and also hosting guests for the past 20 years! In college I played in the symphonic band, and one of the highlights was traveling around the country on band tour.

Each night we stayed in different people’s homes for a span of two weeks.

This gave me lots of practice as a guest. I learned how to be a pleasant guest in someone else’s home.

But along the way I also learned from my hosts how to host overnight guests as well!

Here are somethings that I learned.

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It is an awkward feeling, when you arrive at someone’s home and they are not ready for you. As a guest, you feel like you are a bother or too much work.

Of course getting ready for guests IS a lot of work and maybe a little inconvenient, but your guests shouldn’t know that.

You can avoid that awkward feeling by simply planning ahead of time.

I find it helpful to make a list and spread out the tasks over a couple of days prior to the guest arriving.

  • Clear out clutter in the guest room
  • Dust
  • Vacuum/sweep and mop the floors
  • Change bed sheets
  • Clean guest bathroom


You can’t meet all of your guests needs and you won’t be able to make them feel completely at home (which is okay because it’s not their home!)

However, there are some general guest room items that will make your guests REALLY want you to have!


-Extra blanket and pillows


-Alarm clock

-Box of tissues

-Lamp on side table

-Wi-fi password

-Set of towels and washcloth

-Empty hangers in closet and space to hang clothes

Small fan


-Stocked up on toilet paper

-Fresh hand towel

-Toiletries available (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, feminine products)

-Cleared space for guests’ belongings


-Coffee, cream, sugar or hot tea

-Water bottles or cold canned drinks

-Snacks (granola bars, fruit, crackers)

-Cleared space in refrigerator for food or medication brought by guests

You can be on the lookout now for sales on toilet paper and stock up. If you need an alarm clock or lamp for your guest bedroom, head to your local thrift store.

Purchasing these items early will help you save money, and you will have less to prepare at the last minute before your guests arrive.

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4 thoughts on “What to Put in a Guest Room for Overnight Guests

  1. Great tips! I love that you added a fan to your list of things to provide for guests. I’m hot-natured and have spent many nights sweating it out in a guest room! 🙂 I’ve started traveling with a mini fan, but always appreciate when one is provided.

  2. Funny story: I took the alarm cock out of the guest room to give to my preschooler. Our guest room is basically going away anyway so didn’t think anything of it. Most the time the bed is covered with boxes and things anyway. Well, we had friends stay the night and we all had to be up and out the door by 6am. They had about 7 minutes to get ready because we all forgot there was no alarm clock down there. Whoops.So yes, make sure your guest room has some essential things. 😉

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