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