PREP

Stock up on th­ese sup­plies now to spare your­self the last-minute drug­store runs once ev­ery­one has ar­rived.

Parents (USA) - - Life -

Boost your tech.

Gather up ex­tra phone charg­ers, night-lights, and a power strip for the guest bed­room. Or get ’em cheap at your near­est dol­lar store, if you don’t have spares, sug­gests Philadel­phia pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer Car­rie Kauff­man. Dis­play your Wi-fi net­work name and pass­word in places that guests can see, such as on their bed­side ta­ble and on your re­frig­er­a­tor.

Get hooked.

“Hooks are so im­por­tant for visi­tors!” raves Nina Gotlieb, di­rec­tor of de­sign at West Elm Ho­tels. In­stall two in each guest bed­room and bath­room for hang­ing wet tow­els, jack­ets, bags, and more.

Pro­vide make­upre­mov­ing wipes.

Leav­ing a pack of th­ese in your bath­room will keep your tow­els from get­ting de­stroyed and are all-around ap­pre­ci­ated by guests, says Shelly Leib­ham, owner and gen­eral man­ager of Austin’s Ho­tel Eleven.

Stock the pantry.

Ask about guests’ food pref­er­ences be­fore they ar­rive so that you can stock the fridge ac­cord­ingly, sug­gests Mag­gie Fuller, a mom and a bed-and­break­fast owner in Sa­van­nah. This is help­ful with ba­bies just start­ing to eat solids who might need more oat­meal and ba­nanas than you’re used to!

Lighten their load.

If your sis­ter’s com­ing with a baby or a tod­dler (or both!), ask her for the kids’ di­a­per sizes. Hav­ing a box and some wipes for her will feel like a god­send.

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