Making your guests feel at home is essential. But “at home” shouldn’t mean thin toilet paper, old towels and 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. You want your guests to enjoy staying with you, so having a great guest bathroom is key.
Toilet paper– That thin, one-ply toilet paper that was on sale at Walgreen’s last week isn’t going to cut it. Make sure to store extra rolls underneath the sink. If you have a smaller bathroom with less storage, buy a toilet paper storage unit or put some extra rolls in a wire bin. Don’t leave your guests stranded on the toilet.
Hand soap– You don’t have to buy that overpriced hand soap in the mall, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Get a large bottle of generic hand soap and use it for refills in a decorative soap dispenser.
Natural Light – You can utilize your space by capitalizing on natural light, adding a large mirror to make the space feel bigger, installing light tile and creating a built-in storage unit for towels and other bathroom essentials.
Towels – No one wants to wipe their now-clean hands on a towel that has been used a lot beforehand. Always have clean hand towels for your guests. In terms of body towels, you can use your day-to-day towels for you, but make sure to get plush ones for guests. If you don’t have a linen closet, there are a ton of great shelving options out there.
Reading material– So you made chili for dinner, that has repercussions. Have a bin of magazines to keep your guests occupied.
Small ceramic dish for jewelry beside the sink – Not many people think about this, but your guests will appreciate you for it when they go to wash their face. If you want to keep your guest bath light and open, but also want to add dimension, install a light backsplash for an unexpected pop of color.
Spare toiletries – Travelers always forget something and chances are a toothbrush is one of them. Save your guests a trip to Target and keep toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, razors and shaving cream on hand.
Bath Products– A rain shower head and oversized bath will keep your guests relaxed, but don’t forget to stock your shower or bath with quality shampoo and conditioner, body wash, bath bombs, lotions, loofahs, etc. Your spa, er guest bathroom, will win extra points for having these things. A relaxed guest is a happy guest which means less stress on you. If you’re feeling really fancy, include some face masks too.
Candle – Have a scented candle and matches nearby for guests to enjoy while taking baths.
Microfiber robe – Want to feel like the Westin? A nice microfiber robe is the way to go. Wash it with lavender fabric softener for an extra touch.
First aid kit – Paper cuts and headaches happen so keep a first aid kit nearby. Chances are your guest didn’t bring band-aids and Ibuprofen.
Feminine care products – Some guests may feel uncomfortable asking for these, so make sure to keep some on hand in the guest bathroom.
Nightlight – Waking up in the middle of the night in an unfamiliar place can be confusing. Put a nightlight in the hallway and the bathroom to make it easier for your sleepy guests to find their way.