Spare Phone Chargers and Other Essentials for Today’s Houseguest

by Alex ThatcherFebruary 1, 2017

Prepping Your Home for Holiday Guests

With one holiday or another seemingly always about to happen, you’re probably scrambling to make sure everything is in order before your house guests arrive. Unfortunately, between buying and wrapping gifts, baking cookies, and cleaning and decorating the home, there’s a very good chance you’re going to forget something. But don’t worry, we have it covered!
Here is a checklist of things you’re going to want to have on hand to make your guests’ stay all the more comfortable and enjoyable, no matter what time of year they come to visit.

Alarm Clocks

Even though today’s smartphones come standard with alarm clocks built-in, it’s still a thoughtful gesture to provide your guests with alarm clocks in their rooms. But, be careful when choosing alarm clocks. Some of the old-fashioned varieties can be loud when clicking off the seconds, and some of the digital varieties can be too bright. Always go with a model that your guests can adjust to their liking.

Extra Phone Chargers

All too often, a guest arrives only to discover they forgot their cell phone charger at home. By having a few extra USB power ports, a couple USB to Micro A cords for Android users, and a few Apple lightning charging cord for iPhone users, you’ll turn into a hero on the spot. Providing each guest with a surge protector in their rooms will also be a good idea if they have more than one device to charge.


If you don’t have ceiling fans in your guest bedrooms, then you’ll want to provide your guests with fans. Some people prefer sleeping with a fan on while others might be more comfortable with the air circulating in the room, especially if you keep your temperature up at night. A multi-speed fan will allow your guests to create the ideal sleeping environment for themselves.

Fresh Bedding

Fresh linens, blankets, and pillows will help make your guests more comfortable, and as a result, they’ll sleep better at night. Having extra pillows and an extra blanket in each room is also a good idea.


If your guests are only staying for a few days, create a toiletry kit for each room. Include travel-sized varieties of soap, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, a toothbrush, dental floss, tissues, and anything else you think they may need during their stay. You’ll also want to ensure that each room has its own wastebasket.


Some of your guests will probably have traveled far to reach your home and by the time they get there, they will be hungry. Setting out a tray of food upon their arrival is always a welcoming gesture, but also providing them with baskets of snacks in their rooms will see that their bellies are full, no matter what time they arrive.
There’s nothing like getting together with your friends and family for the holidays. If you’re hosting any upcoming holiday festivities this year and you’re going to be welcoming guests into your home, then take the time to find out what they need to make their stay all the more comfortable.

From food allergies and special diets to handicap-friendly accommodations, knowing what you will need to provide for your guests in advance will enable you to be the ultimate host. is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country. Happy house hunting!

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.

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