I don’t know about you, but my house has A LOT of overnight house guests throughout the year. I truly enjoy having friends and family come stay with us, and become a part of our every day life for a while. If you are uncomfortable or new to hosting an overnight house guest, I have 5 TIPS on how to host an overnight house guest that will help put your mind at ease and help you become a gracious host. I don’t do everything perfectly, but I try my best to make each guest feel comfortable and honored in our home.
How to Host an Overnight House Guest:
Provide the necessary items to meet your guest’s basic needs to avoid frequent, and sometimes uncomfortable, requests.
7 Necessary Items:
- Comfortable, clean bed with 2 pillows and extra blankets
- Basic toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, hand wash, lotion, toothpaste, feminine products, and extra toilet paper)
- Towels, hand towel and wash cloth (2 of each)
- Designated area for clothes, including an area to hang clothing items such as dresses, coats, etc.
All of these items appear quite basic but they are SO important! Can you imagine trying to shower early in the morning but realizing you don’t have a towel?? Or freezing in the middle of the night but not having any extra blankets to add to your bed? It’s important to provide these items to allow your overnight house guest the utmost comfort in your home.
Provide extra convenience items to make your guest feel at-home. These are items that they may not ask you for but they would really appreciate having available to them.
7 Extra Items:
- Note card with your WiFi name and password
- Bottle of water
- Hair dryer
- Ear plugs
- Essential oil diffuser or scented candle
- Pen and paper pad
- Snacks (i.e. granola bars, nuts, bananas)
Add some extra special touches.
It’s totally a bonus if you know your house guest really well so that you can make sure to provide some personal items for that particular guest. If you know your guest loves dark chocolate bars then have one waiting for them in their room, or if your guest is often times cold then make sure to add more blankets to their room, or even a space heater! These thoughtful items simply show that you have been thinking about your guest and that you prepared for their arrival. Wouldn’t that make you feel special? Things like these sets you apart as an exceptional host to your guest.
Plan meals ahead of time.
The week before your guest arrives, I recommend meal planning so that you aren’t panicking about what your family and house guest are going to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. I have some simple, basic meal planning instructions in my Meal Planning 101 post, if the idea of meal planning scares you 😉
It is beneficial to make a couple of frozen meals the week before your guest arrives so that you can spend more time with your guest and less time cooking in the kitchen (but your guest still receives the benefit of a home-cooked meal). And if your house guest is a coffee drinker, make sure they have coffee available to them in the morning to avoid a caffeine headache (yes, caffeine headaches are real!). A delicious loaf of homemade zucchini bread would be a nice surprise for your guest in the morning as well! I happen to have an incredible zucchini bread recipe if you’d like to try it!
Plan your schedule ahead of time.
Make sure to sit down before your guest arrives to begin planning out a loose itinerary of what their visit will look like. What does your guest want to do while they are visiting? What do you want to do with them? If possible, print out a basic itinerary for your house guest and leave it in their guest room. This itinerary would include things like the times and dates you plan to do a little tourism or event with your guest, or when you will be at work or have any appointments, or when you plan to go out to a meal instead of eat at home. It’s nice to give your guest a heads up of what to expect while they are at your home so they can make sure to plan accordingly. On the other hand, make sure to hold these plans loosely. This itinerary is meant to provide your guest with a basic timeline to avoid unnecessary stress or unrealistic expectations, NOT to make them feel like they just arrived at boot camp!
I hope you will now feel confident hosting your next overnight house guest! Now you know how and what to provide your guest so that they will feel the utmost comfort and love as you welcome them into your home. Don’t make it complicated, just prepare as much as you can so that everyone in your home can have a fun, calm, and relaxing experience!