Creating a Guest Basket for Overnight Guests

Guest Basket For Overnight Guests

We live just far enough away from my parents and my in-laws that when they come to visit their only grandchild they often choose to stay overnight. I love having people over, and I’ve made this basket so that I don’t spend too much time/stress worrying about getting everything ready. Creating a “Guest Basket” is such an easy way to always be prepared for whatever guests come your way. Even if the house isn’t spotless or your pantry isn’t stocked, this is one way that you can show your guests they are welcome at any time.

I keep a fully stocked “Guest Basket” at all times so that no matter the short notice I have a comfortable sleep-over situation for any last minute overnight guests. To get the basket started, I just grabbed a few key items during my grocery shopping trip to Trader Joe’s. If a guest ever uses something I simply replace it the next time I’m at the store. It’s totally effortless, but I think it really is special for our friends and family. We only use white towels in our house (for practical purposes) and so I keep a few rolled up in the basket along with some washcloths.

Suggested items to keep in a Guest Basket: 



body wash



granola bar

water bottle

face-wipes/makeup remover

pain reliever packet (such as Tylenol)

You can take it further and add cutesy items but this has worked out well for us and our house guests have all been very appreciative of it. I choose to use full-size items that will last a long time versus little travel size items, but it’s up to you to personalize it for your home.

Do you have any special way to prepare for guests? Have you ever BEEN a guest and enjoyed some special thoughtful items? I’d love to hear!

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  1. says

    I love this idea!! I have friends and family stay over often and I was thinking of ways to make them feel more welcomed.


  2. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says

    SO cute! I need to remember that just because I don’t have an official guest room, I can still do things to make visitors feel more at home :)

  3. Nan Mess says

    I have done this for guests for over 25 years. I also include a few stamped local postcards, a small locally made gift ($10.00 or less, maybe a t-shirt or maple syrup, coffee mug), a disposable camera, etc. They love it.

  4. says

    We do this and my guests always comment on it. I think it is such a welcoming treat plus provides some practical stuff so your guests don’t feel like they constantly have to ask you for things. We definitely use full size items for most things too.

  5. says

    I do something similar, but it is left in the bathroom. Then all I have to do is refill it when my guests leave and it is ready for the next person who comes by.