There’s something about summertime that makes people want to get together. If you’re the one that’s hosting summer guests, it can be quite a stressful time – You need to figure out what to cook, you need to figure out how you’re going to entertain everyone during their stay, and you need to find somewhere comfortable and homey for your guests to sleep.
Some people are lucky enough to have a room or two in their house that can be easily transformed into a guest room given enough notice, and some people don’t. Regardless of which category you fall into, here’s a list of things that you can do to ensure that your guests have best stay possible (you’ll know that they had a good time when they start planning their next visit before the first one is even over!):
Essentials For Hosting Summer Guests
A Decent Sleeping Place
I know that not everyone has a spare room that they can dedicate to guests only, but if all you have to work with is your family room couch, you should at least make it a pullout with a relatively comfortable mattress. Granted, everyone has a different idea of what comfort is (especially when it comes to mattresses), but I’ve yet to meet anyone that enjoys sleeping on a lumpy bed.
And You Should Make Sure That It’s Clean
Mattresses get old and sometimes stained, that’s just a fact of life. But the least you can do is spring on a mattress protector if you’re planning on hosting guests so that they can see that you made an effort. Now, you might think that your guests aren’t even going to see your mattress, but that really depends on what kind of guests you have – Ones like me will try and make your life easier by pulling the sheets off of the bed before leaving so that you don’t have to. While we’re on the subject of sheets, you’re also going to want to invest in some…
I’m not saying that you should be giving your guests the nicest sheets in your home (though, by all means, do it if that’s your thing), but you shouldn’t give them your old ratty sheets that you’ve been carting around with you for the last twenty-five years, either. If all you happen to have on hand is sheets that are stained or torn, it’s time to head to the store (or the internet!) and invest in a new set.
A Clean, Flat Surface
When you’re a guest, there’s nothing more frustrating than getting to your destination with all of your things and then having no other option but to keep them on the floor. If you have a dedicated guest room, you should make sure that at least one of your bedside tables is kept completely clear of clutter so that your guests can put their phones and other small items beside them. If all you’re working with is a couch, the coffee table or a small table with nothing other than a lamp on it will suffice just fine.
If you want to be known as the best host around, a luggage rack or bench for your guests to put their bags on is completely optional, but most certainly appreciated.
There’s a good chance that your guests are going to bring their own toothpaste, deodorant, etc., but sometimes people just forget things. If you live in a town or city this isn’t necessarily anything more than a little inconvenient, but if you’re in a super rural area it can be downright catastrophic.
You can get small, sample sizes of just about everything you’ll need at any dollar store so that no matter what comes up, you’ll have everything someone could need on hand.
And A Small First Aid Kit
Accidents happen. Sometimes they happen in the middle of the night. Sometimes, your guest will wake up at 4am with a raging headache; do you really think that they want to go through the bother of waking you up to ask you where the Advil is? No, they’re just going to suffer through it and try their best to get back to sleep.
To avoid your guests being uncomfortable, it’s always a good idea to give them their own small first aid kit. It doesn’t have to be anything super fancy, either – Some bandages, a travel size tube of painkillers, and a tensor bandage are more than enough to cover your bases.
Those are the must haves for hosting summer guests. These next items definitely aren’t mandatory, but they’ll certainly be appreciated by anyone that’s staying with you.
A Handy List Of Directions
It doesn’t matter how many times you explain which remote goes to which device or how many times you point out where your electrical outlets are; your guests are likely in an unfamiliar environment and after a few hours of laughs and entertainment, they’re going to forget everything you said when they first arrived.
This is why it’s a good idea to have an easy to understand yet comprehensive list on hand that gives people the basics – Which remotes control what, where the electrical outlets are, how to control the air conditioning/fan and/or heater, and quick directions to the washroom if it’s not in a super obvious and close to them place. It might seem like a really small thing, but I promise you that in the eyes of your guests it can make a really big difference!
You might not be a coffee (or tea) drinker, but when you’re hosting guests, that doesn’t really matter. You should always have a wide variety of both hot and cold beverages on hand to ensure that everyone gets something that they like without feeling as though they’re inconveniencing you.
So as you can see, hosting summer guests doesn’t have to be a nightmarish, unpleasant experience as long as you’re prepared! Is there anything that you’d add to the list or do you think that we pretty much have everything covered? Let me know what you think in the comments section below – I’m always looking for new ideas!
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