Easy Ways to Prep Your Guest Bathroom for Visitors

Whenever you have house guests, you undoubtedly want to do your best to make them feel welcome and at home. Part of the process of getting ready for visitors involves preparing your guest bathroom. There are several things you can do to make it as inviting as possible for your out-of-town family and friends. These efforts will be obvious to them without taking much of your time or being strenuous. Follow the steps below to be a hospitable host—bathroom style!

Clean the Bathroom

It goes without saying that you’ll want to clean your bathroom before your guests arrive. Wipe down the vanity and mirror, clean the shower, take out the garbage, and clean the toilet. Even if your guest bathroom sees little use, freshening it up and ridding it of dust makes it more welcoming for guests.

Add Flowers

Adding flowers, whether they be fresh or faux, is a pretty and welcoming touch for your guests. Place a small and bright arrangement on the vanity or near a window to enhance the aesthetic of this room. Plus, if you add real flowers, it’ll smell even better in there!

Freshen up the Towels

A stack of white bathroom towels and small toiletry bottles.

You don’t want your guests using dingy or smelly towels when they come to town. Throw your towels in the wash to freshen them up for your visitors and refold them into neat and easily accessible piles somewhere easy for guests to spot them when they’re ready to bathe. Besides bath towels, you’ll also want to ensure that the other necessary linens are available in the guest bathroom. These include hand towels, wash clothes, and a bathmat. To make a good impression, ensure that the towels in the guest bathroom aren’t tattered, torn, or generally worn out to make a good impression.

Provide an Air Freshener

You want your guests to feel comfortable in your space, but sometimes it can feel awkward for guests to actually use your bathroom the way that they need to. Leave a small can of a subtle air freshener somewhere near the toilet for your guests to use if they want to be discreet as they let nature run its course within your home.

Allow Space for Guests' Own Items

Guests will likely come to your home with toiletries of their own, too. Make sure that your vanity is not so crowded that there’s no space for them to stow their stuff while they visit, allowing them to leave their cosmetic bag conveniently in the bathroom for when they need it.

Create a Stash of Toilet Paper

A cabinet in a bathroom with toilet paper.

You certainly don’t want guests running out of arguably the most vital item in the bathroom: toilet paper! Neatly place at least a few extra rolls somewhere guests can easily find them when they need them.

Stock the Essentials

When people travel, it’s hard to remember everything they might need on their trip. To bridge the gap between what they have packed in their suitcase versus what they may have forgotten yet still need, stock your guest bathroom with some generic essentials. This may include spray deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, hairspray, a fresh toothbrush, toothpaste, fresh razors, and lotion. Make sure that the products you have are hypoallergenic to account for sensitivities.

Add a Hamper

You don’t want guests to feel unsure of what to do with their used towels and linens, so place an empty and accessible hamper in the space so that they don’t have any doubt about what to do with these laundry items and don’t end up leaving them in a pile on the floor.

Stock the Medicine Cabinet

In addition to commonly used toiletries, you’ll also want to leave some basic medicines in the guest medicine cabinet. Aspirin, allergy medication, bandages, antacid, and other basic over-the-counter medications can make a big difference to guests if they end up needing any of these items.

If you follow these easy tips before your guests arrive, they’re bound to be impressed and feel welcomed by your bathroom throughout the entirety of their stay.