Keep the guest room sparsely decorated and accessorized. Have an extra set of sheets and extra blankets available so your guests can adjust to the temperature. If the closet is full, provide an over-the-door hook or a coat rack to hang clothes. If a dresser drawer is not available, a luggage rack or an ottoman is suitable to place a suitcase for easy access to packed items. Make sure there's a clock and a radio or television available in the room for your guests during down time. Have the room be an escape, where your guests can listen to or watch what they want during vacation.
Organize the bathroom like you might find a hotel bathroom and keep bathroom decor simple. Have towels and washcloths set aside for guests (it's OK to leave these in the guest room, so your guests know which towels to use). Provide a hair dryer, travel-sized shampoos, soaps, and lotions in case they forget something. This gives them peace of mind and they won't have to ask you for amenities. Make sure extra toilet paper and tissues are placed in an obvious spot so your guests don't have to go digging for items when they need them.
Stock your refrigerator with a variety of foods to accommodate any dietary restrictions. Vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free snacks are the most common types of foods to think about providing. The more variety you have, the more comfortable your guests will feel in your home and they won't feel compelled to venture out and get things they can snack on between barbecues and meals. Make sure they know where to find glasses and dishes and what to do with them when they're done using them. Have coffee set up early with mug sets in the morning for early risers. You don't want your guests to uncomfortably fumble with a coffee maker if you're not up to help them.
Lay out local travel and discount books on the coffee table or end table for guests to look at between activities while they are relaxing. This gives them ideas of what to do while visiting your town, and it lets them get familiar with where you live. Provide paper and pens for guests to write down anything they want to do, or to bookmark interesting activities. Hosting guests can be as easy as going on vacation yourself. Being prepared is the key to making the trip a success. If you're uneasy about accommodating your guests, think about your needs and expectations on a trip and apply it to your home as a destination. Relax and your guests will relax, too.
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