I don’t know about you, but my hosting skills are a little rusty after a long hiatus from having houseguests. But with people traveling again, especially this holiday season, many of us will be welcoming guests into our home again (hooray!).
If you’re lucky enough to have a guest bathroom, it may have been a while since you reviewed how well it is stocked. Take the time now to assess what you’ve got and what you need before your guests descend. In our enthusiasm for full houses ahead, we’ve gathered up 14 of our favorite bath items for your guests, from the most-absorbent, quick-drying towels to a lovely room scent to brighten their stay. Outfit your bathroom with one or more of these finds and your guests will thank you!
Waffle-style towels feel great and dry fast, meaning they won’t get musty during your guests' stay. While pure white is the classic hospitality standard, a dark color like charcoal or Parachute’s new terracotta will make guests less fearful of getting make-up or dirt on your pristine towels.
A fancy hand towel is the kind of thing I would never buy for myself, but when a friend sent me one of these woven hand towels from Minna, I was instantly hooked. Stylish yet durable, they wash like a dream and hang beautifully.
A robe might seem like a hotel amenity, but trust me when I say that it’s a welcome essential for guests to find in your bathroom—especially if they’ll need to walk through a hallway to get back to their bedroom. We love the texture of this linen model from Brooklinen.
And a pair of waffle slippers will take their feet comfortably back to their room. Opt for a pair or two in an open-back style like these ones from Hawkins New York that can be worn by people with varying shoe sizes.
Hooks are absolutely essential to a guest bathroom: they give your guests a place to hang towels, clothing, toiletry bags, and damp swimsuits or workout wear. This modern take on the swivel hook looks great and offers three hanging spots.
Even if your bathroom already has a mirrored medicine cabinet, an additional mirror adds visual depth and light to a space. Choose one with a built-in ledge or shelf to offer your guests an extra place to stash toiletries.
You’ll also want to stock your spare bath with its own plunger, so no one has to experience the embarrassment of asking for one. We like OXO’s design which conceals the plunger in a stainless steel case.
What do you stock in your guest bathroom, if you have one? Let us know below!
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Laura Fenton is the No Space Too Small columnist at Food52. The author of The Little Book of Living Small, she covers home, design, and sustainability. Laura lives in Jackson Heights, Queens in a 690-square foot apartment with her husband and son. You can follow her on Instagram @laura.alice.fenton or subscribe to her newsletter Living Small.
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