Be Our Guest: The 10 Ultimate Guest Room Essentials

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If watching endless Christmas movies has taught me anything, it’s that family get-togethers don’t always go as planned. And while I’m pretty sure I won’t be shooting my eye out anytime soon or knocking Santa off the roof, the holiday will go much smoother if I have a comfortable and efficient guest room for my visitors. That means the preparation starts now.

Are you prepping for overnight visitors, too? Here are the 10 ultimate guest room essentials that will make your loved ones feel right at home:


Unless your guests relish the idea of living out of a suitcase, they are going to be looking for a place to put their clothes. Clearing out space in the closet and dresser can go a long way to making them feel at home. Don’t forget to leave some extra hangers, too.

Luggage Rack

A luggage rack, folding chair, or bench can save your guests the hassle of having to bend down every time they want to access their suitcase. Plus, packing is a breeze when you have a place, other than the bed, to set your luggage.

A Tech Station

In today’s day and age, we all travel with an entourage of electronics – smart phones, laptops, tablets, etc. – that will need to be charged and to possibly access the internet. Make things easy for your guests by having your wifi password readily accessible. Print it out. Frame or laminate it. And set it on the  bedside table. Complete your tech station by providing a universal charger for those who may have left theirs at home or are just too lazy to dig it out of their suitcase.

Extra Pillows and Blankets

Though they might not be Goldilocks, your guests will each have different sleep preferences. So give them options – soft or firm pillows and light or heavy blankets. This will ensure that they remain comfortable throughout the night.

Basket of Necessities

Here’s where you can get really creative. Decorate your own basket or simply use a dresser drawer. Then fill it up with anything and everything your guests might need – toiletries, toothbrushes, tissues, razors, feminine products, meds, etc. Your guests will be happy that they don’t have to bother you for anything or run to the store.

Snacks & Drinks

Some guests are happy to make themselves at home, while others may shy away from things like venturing into your kitchen for a drink or snack. Instead, provide them with a basket of snacks for all those midnight cravings. Make sure to include water (bottled or a pitcher) or some of their favorite drinks to wash it all down with. If you have the space, you could even set up a little coffee or tea bar for their convenience.

Reading Material

Leave some magazines, books, and local brochures for them to enjoy while lounging in the bedroom. A bedside lamp or reading light can also come in handy for those late night reading sessions.

Blackout Curtains

Blackout curtains offer both privacy and the comfort of darkness for your glittery vampire guests. Or those who just aren’t morning people. After all, all that late night reading takes a toll on you.

Spare Key

Giving your guests a spare key to use during their visit will allow them the freedom and comfort of coming and going as they please. They don’t have to worry about inconveniencing you. Plus, they won’t get stuck waiting outside for you to get home.

Household Instructions

Print out a list of instructions for all those quirky little things in your house. Does the hot water take forever to heat up? Or does your shower have to be turned on a certain way? Give your guests the heads up. Giving them instruction for the TV remote can also save them hours of trying to decipher the secret code.

Will you be hosting family or friends this season? What would you add to this list?


P.S. If you liked this article, you might also like How to Make It Through A Family Get Together.

  • Kate

    I love this. We have a room which I want to make a guest room but has the dining room table in it for now (it opens with french doors to the living room). We don’t have an extra bed yet so right now its just a pipe dream.

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      I love french doors! That sounds like it will make a lovely guest room when you have the chance to fix it up. It took us a while to finish ours, too. :)

  • Tricia’s Mostly Healthy Life

    I never thought of keeping extra toiletries in their room because it is in the spare bathroom but it adds a nice touch. We have a million pillow selections but the blanket choices are sparse. To make matters worse, our spare room is in the loft area so it is not exactly private for guests.

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      We often have to just make do with what we have, even if it’s not ideal. So, I think a loft guest room can be quite nice. Our guest room is a bit on the small side, so we definitely had to make some adjustments there too. :)

  • Krystal R.

    Such great ideas for a guest room! Reading material is always key!

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      Absolutely! I always try to customize the reading selection to the guests, too. :)

  • kristen

    fabulous ideas love. we have a guest room that doesn’t even have a bed yet, so first i’ll work on that and then i’ll do the other things lol.

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      For the longest time we just had a mattress in our guest room with no bed frame or box spring. lol. It took us a while to finally get it finished. :)

  • Leah

    What a brilliant post! I’ll be showing this to the man, I don’t think having his drum kit in the spare room gives guests that welcome feeling!

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      Haha. Or maybe they can use the drums as a not so subtle way to wake you up in the mornings! :)

  • Silvia @ Heart My Backpack

    I’m always playing the guest instead of host, but oh my goodness blackout curtains are so wonderful after you’ve been traveling! Especially way up north during the summer – in Norway it doesn’t really get dark in the summer and I have so much trouble sleeping.

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      Oh, I bet black out curtains are such a great thing to have in Norway during the summer. I love them and I’m down here in Texas! I can only imagine Norway. :)

  • Amanda Elizabeth

    The luggage rack is a total must! My mother totally has one for us when we visit I love having my bags up off the ground and plus it’s just easier access to all my stuff!

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      It’s much easier than having to bend over constantly! Plus, I love that it keeps my bag away from my pups who are constantly trying to stow away in them. :)

  • Mariah-Food, Booze, & Baggage

    I want black out curtains! I need to get an eye mask at least, it’s very bright in our bedroom. This is a great list!

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      Ours is too, but I just found some blackout curtains on sale. I was so excited! We saw the difference it made in the guest room, so when these went on sale we grabbed some for our room. It makes all the difference!