10 products you should always have for houseguests
These must-haves will make you the host with the most.
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Having guests stay at your home is a real achievement. You live in a popular destination, you have friends and family who want to visit you, and you have a nice home with (at least some) space for visitors to sleep. Plus, it’s just a lot of fun to have people over.
That said, hosting is a big responsibility. Your home and hospitality affect how your much visitors will enjoy their trip, and having the right amenities can go a long way towards making people feel like they’re actually in a five-star hotel. Here are some of our picks for items that will help you treat your guests to a five-star experience in your home.
1. A weighted blanket for easy relaxation
Traveling is stressful, and sleeping in an unfamiliar environment can be tough. A weighted blanket may help your guests reduce their stress and cope with travel-induced insomnia so they can hopefully drift off to sleep. The Gravity Blanket is our favorite weighted blanket this year because of its comfort and overall construction. You can choose between 15-, 20-, and 25-pound versions, so you figure out which one is most comfortable for your visitors.
2. For guests who forget their chargers
We’re attached to our devices. Your guests probably aren’t an exception to this, and they’ll need to keep their devices charged throughout their stay.
Help make it easy to keep devices charged with the Yootech Wireless Charger, which is one of the best options around right now. It’s affordable so it’s a smart investment to have in your home, and it's compatible with a wide array of phones. Any guests who forgot their charger at home will be grateful that you’re such a thoughtful host.
3. A comfy place to sleep that’s not a couch
Even if you have a comfortable couch, odds are that your guests won’t want to sleep on it. Futons can be dicey too, so you should consider something that’s better designed for sleeping.
A SoundAsleep air mattress could do the trick. It has an internal pump so you don’t need any bulky equipment for inflation. This air mattress has almost 18,000 reviews on Amazon and 70 percent of those also gave it 5 stars due to its fast inflation and overall comfort.
4. The best sheets we've ever tried
Part of having overnight guests is making sure they can get a good night’s sleep, which means you need linens for them to sleep on. For extra comfort, you should go with the best bed sheets we tested in 2019.
These luxurious Brooklinen sheets will help your guests relax so they can recover from traveling and wake up refreshed. Brooklinen sheets are easy to wash and maintain, which is an added benefit. Plus, Brooklinen offers exchanges for its products in case you need a replacement due to basic wear and tear.
5. The everyday essentials that everyone forgets
Your guests might forget some of the daily essentials they need during their trip. Everyone’s been there, but it’s always a little frustrating to start a trip with by going to the convenience store because someone forgot their deodorant and no one packed any toothpaste.
Convenience Kits are, well, very convenient to have around in case visitors need essentials like deodorant, combs, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. The women’s kit is rated 4.1 stars and the men’s is rated 4.4 stars because they’re more convenient than buying a bunch of individual items at the store.
- Get the Convenience Kits Women's Deluxe 10-Piece Travel Kit at Amazon for $14
- Get the Convenience Kits Men's Deluxe, Man On the Go, 9 Count Travel Kit at Amazon for $9
6. An alarm clock that makes waking up easier
Wake-up lights make it really easy to get out of bed by making it feel like a soft sunrise is washing over you. Your guests will definitely need that, otherwise they’ll never want to get up because of the comfortable air mattress and luxurious Brooklinen sheets you provided.
The Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock is a popular option. It gradually brightens to simulate natural light, allowing for an easier time waking up in the morning. As a bonus, it also dims as the day goes on to recreate the sunset. It currently has over 4,500 reviews with a 4-star rating overall, half of which are 5 stars.
7. A nice set of spare towels
Guest towels might seem silly, but they're a real necessity if you host any guests. People need to shower, wash their hands, and generally stay clean, so it's good to always have extra towels ready. Also, a set of guest towels can make hosting easier for you. Keep this set separate from your personal towels so that guests will always have clean towels available. You can impress people even more by using the best towels of 2019. The FieldCrest MicroCotton Bath Towels are our favorites because of their superior absorption and soft texture, making them a gentle way to dry off after a nice shower.
8. A spare hairdryer in case they need one
Your guests might want to style their hair like they would at home while they’re staying with you, but they might not want to throw their hairdryer into their luggage. A hotel would provide a hairdryer, and it’s a small amenity that you can also offer without breaking the bank.
The Revlon 1875W Infrared Hair Dryer made our list of the best hair dryers for 2019. While it doesn’t have all the features of some of the high-end models, it was our favorite budget model this year because of its lightweight build and fast drying times, so it'll be perfect as a spare hairdryer for your guests.
9. A way to drink tasty, cool, filtered water
Make sure your guests can stay hydrated with a nice water filter and pitcher. Sure, your tap water is fine, but the Brita Everyday Pitcher lets you filter out any impurities and store water in your fridge so it can get nice and cold.
The Brita Everyday Pitcher is the best filter pitcher we’ve tested this year. With its clean water taste and modern, sleek design, this pitcher is by far the best we’ve seen recently. And don’t your guests deserve the best when they want a drink?
10. These extra hangers to hang up clothes and jackets
Your guests need somewhere to put their clothes, otherwise they’ll either live out of their bags or pile their belongings on your floor. Keep a set of extra hangers so visitors can unpack and make themselves a little more comfortable in your home.
In this case, we recommend the TIMMY Wire Hangers. These were some of our favorite hangers of 2019 because they’re sturdy so they can carry some heavy garments, but they’re slim enough that they don’t take up much space in your closet.
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