This time of year, you are more likely than not going to have company.  Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving, or friends are just trying to escape the cold by heading to your neck of the woods, it’s best to be prepared for their impending visits.  Part of this is making sure your guests will be accommodated from their bedrooms to the bathroom.  Now, you probably already know the basics like clean sheets, plenty of towels, and a stocked fridge, but what about the less thought of, but equally important little things?

As you can see, I have our guest bathroom medicine cabinet chocked full of anything and everything your company might need.  From a spare toothbrush to clear nailpolish and Neosporin.  The last thing a guest wants to ask you for is a tampon, let alone a bath towel.

While, this doesn’t exactly sound like a party, you can absolutely make even the most mundane amenities look lovely.  It’s all in the presentation.  Put cotton swabs and q-tips in pretty glass jars atop the sink.  In the cabinets down below, make tampons, razors, and the likes easily accessible and obvious by placing them in more stylish glass containers.

Here’s a quick checklist to get your guest bathroom in check:

  • Toothpaste
  • Spare toothbrush
  • Band-Aids
  • Pain medicine
  • Razors
  • Tampons
  • Q-tips
  • Lotion
  • Contact lens case (and solution)
  • Extra toilet paper
  • Hair ties/bobby pins

Another good rule of thumb?  Think about all the things TSA will make you toss going through security and be sure to have those items handy.  The more comfortable you make your guests, the less work you’ll have to do while they’re visiting.  That means more time spent playing board games and reminiscing .