How to Prepare for House Guests

Guests coming to visit for the holidays? Here is Domestic CEO's list of items to make sure you are stocked up on before your company arrives.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #88

I don’t know about you, but I love it when guests come to stay with me. There’s something about a visit from friends and family in my home that turns me into a super-host. I love to get guestrooms ready, cook them breakfast, and do all kinds of special little things for them. It can be a lot of work preparing for guests to come stay with you, so it can be easy to overlook some of the most basic tasks, like stocking up on certain items.

We host a lot of people in our home thanks to Airbnb. Because of this, we have compiled a list of must-have items that you will always need to stock up on before company arrives. Today, I’m going to share my list with you so you can make sure to be prepared when holiday guests come your way.


Tip #1: Stock Up the Bathroom

When preparing for guests, it can be daunting to know exactly what to get. But I’m not going to lie. The number one most important thing to have on your list? Toilet paper! This may seem like a no brainer, but I can’t tell you how quickly we go through rolls of toilet paper when we have guests in our home. No one likes to be without the fluffy stuff, so make sure to stock the bathroom with a few extra rolls. Also, make sure to store additional rolls in a logical place where guests can easily find more, should the roll end up empty.

Other than toilet paper, there are a few more essential items you'll need for the bathroom. Most travelers, especially those who are flying, may not want to lug their toiletries with them, so keep a few large bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and a neutral-smelling body wash in the shower (nothing too girly, manly, or overpowering). Your house guests will be grateful when you tell them they don’t have to worry about bringing bath essentials.

Along with those items, think about anything you tend to forget to pack and stock up on those items as well. The top items that our guests ask for are:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Feminine products
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream

And just a side note, it’s always a good idea to keep a few extra feminine supplies readily available in your guest bathrooms. Keep them near the extra toilet paper rolls. Your guests may never thank you personally, but they will be incredibly grateful if you save them from a lady emergency.