What Your Overnight Guests Really Want in the Guest Room!

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Wether it is the holidays or you are simply expecting people in your home any time of the year, you need to know what they will need. You want your guests to feel at home and comfortable. But you may not know what exactly to put in a guest room or how to prepare for them.

So I put together a complete list of what to put in a guest room. This way you are prepared for those overnight guests coming to your home, and they will enjoy their stay with you much more! 

By the way, I have experience both being a guest and also hosting guests for the past 20 years! In this post I’m putting together all of the things I have learned over the years.

Fun fact, 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 quickly learned what a guest needs in someone else’s home. Many of the hosts that I stayed with were very well prepared for their guests and helped us feel at home!

Here’s what I learned.



Most of your work will be done before your guest ever arrives. It can feel like a lot to do and you may not know where to start.

So one of the best things you can do is break it down into manageable steps. Then finish one step at a time until it finally gets all done. 

I find it helpful to spread out the tasks over a couple of days prior to the guest arriving. For example, if your guest arrives on Friday, you’ll want to assign these tasks to Wednesday and Thursday when you have the time to accomplish each of them. 

Example Schedule:

WEDNESDAY: 2 days before guests

  • Clear out clutter in the guest room
  • Dust

THURSDAY: 1 day before guests

  • Vacuum/sweep and mop the floors
  • Clean guest bathroom

FRIDAY: Guests arrive! 

  • Change bed sheets


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 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 to save yourself money.

Purchasing these items early will help you find a good deal. Plus, you’ll have less to prepare at the last minute before your guests arrive.

Okay, now I want to hear from you! What do you always need in a guest bedroom when you visit family and friends? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below! 

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Are you hosting overnight guests for the holidays? Here's a list of guest room essentials that your guests must have. Use these tips and ideas for what to put in a guest bedroom and bathroom. #guest #room #holidays #tips

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6 thoughts on “What Your Overnight Guests Really Want in the Guest Room!

  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.

    1. I also have a folded out butlers tray with a grey tray with a kettle, kilner jar of assorted sachets of teas, coffee sugar and milk strips. Little packets of biscuits. Then a couple of home magazines in a basket. I like to leave a mini hand sanitiser, pocket tissues and a basket of things they may have forgotten ie. toothbrushes, micellar water and cotton pads, razor etc.

  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. 😉

  3. Also I leave a mini flashlight just in case the power should go out. Candles are good too, but flashlight is safer.

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