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Hosting Overnight Guests and Travel Preparation

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Hosting overnight guests doesn't have to be complicated. Here's a checklist with everything you need to know!

In college I played in the symphonic band all 4 1/2 years that I attended. I was always 2nd or 3rd chair, so that right there tells you that I was not exceptional! Ha!

But I sure loved being a part of the band. One of the highlights was getting to go on band tour each year.

We played in schools and churches all across the Midwest and East Coast. Each night we stayed in different people’s homes.

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.

1. Prepare.

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.

Before your guest arrives:

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



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2. Meet their needs.

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 things that you can do to make your guests feel comfortable in your home.

I always hated to ask my host for things. Instead have some common things available.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Guest Room

-Extra blanket and pillows  
-Alarm clock
-Box of tissues 
-Lamp on side table
-Wi-fi password
-Set of towels 
-Empty hangers in closet
-Small fan

-Stocked up on toilet paper
-Fresh hand towel
-Toiletries available (shampoo, soap, toothpaste)
-Cleared space for guests’ belongings

-Coffee, cream, sugar
 -Water bottles or canned drinks
 -Snacks (granola bars, fruit, crackers)
 -Cleared space in refrigerator for food or medication brought by guests

This list is also available in the Christmas planner.

Prepare for overnight guests with this printable.

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 in December.

3. Travel Preparation

If you aren’t having guests, you are probably traveling this Christmas. While you can’t control traffic on the roads or flight delays, you can prepare for other things so that traveling will be a little less stressful.

Take some time this week and think through what you will need to do before you travel.

Making a list will help you sort through the steps and prepare. 

Here are some things you might want to add to your list:

-Schedule maintenance to vehicle

-Pack suitcases and carry-ons

-Purchase snacks and drinks for the road

-Pack quiet activities for kids

-Clean out the vehicle 

-Pack the vehicle 

-Print out itinerary if flying


This is the end to our Organized Christmas Series. If you missed any of the weeks, feel free to go back and check them out.

I hope that by now you have made great head way in your Christmas planning and are feeling confident about the season ahead!

Christmas is a time to make memories with family and reflect on the birth of our Savoir. Put in some work early so you are able to enjoy this season and avoid the stress and overwhelm.


Other Posts in This Series:

Week 1: Christmas Card Planning

Week 2: Organize Your Christmas Gift List

Week 3: Christmas Menu Planning


The Christmas Planner is still available. If you haven’t purchased it, make sure you grab it today!

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4 thoughts on “Hosting Overnight Guests and Travel Preparation

  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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