BONUS POINTS FOR HOSTS

Real Simple - - Relating -

Sleep in your own guest bed. Look out for a lumpy mat­tress; un­mit­i­gated heat; and street­lamps shin­ing through the cur­tains or lights blaz­ing from elec­tron­ics, like routers and ca­ble boxes (con­sider darker shades, a square of elec­tri­cal tape, or a clean eye mask). Lis­ten for house­hold sounds (such as noise from the dish­washer) that you may want to keep from cre­at­ing at night.

Avoid bath­room awk­ward­ness. Put out an odor-mit­i­ga­tion de­vice, even if it’s just a book of matches. And, ugh, leave a plunger out so no­body has to suf­fer the shame of ask­ing for one. Foster in­de­pen­dence. Pro­vide a spare set of keys for guests to use while they’re with you. If you live some­where with pub­lic trans­porta­tion, of­fer a loaded tran­sit pass so vis­i­tors don’t have to buy their own.

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