When we can stay with friends and family members during a trip away from home instead of a hotel, it is a real blessing. It helps us stay on budget and gives us a chance to spend time with loved ones.
And when we stay with friends and family, we hope to be invited back. So, here are some ways to be an organized house guest.
Prepare a “Dopp Kit”
“Dopp kit” is a fancy way of saying “bag of toiletries.” Keep one stocked for each family member with travel-sized, airline-friendly products. That way, it is always ready to go, and you won’t have to borrow toiletry items from those you’re staying with.
Be sure to include:
6. Disposable razor
7. Shaving cream
9. Eyeglasses repair kit
10. Earplugs (you never know when you’ll be bunking with an Olympic-class snorer)
I always pack the cables and wall chargers I need, so I don’t end up begging to use someone else’s. If you travel often, acquire a second set of your usual cables so your travel bag is always ready to go and you won’t have to worry about forgetting to pack what you need.
Bring a small gift
This is more of a manners item than an organizing tip, but a small hostess gift is always appreciated, especially when it’s useful. The gift need not be anything extravagant, but a small thank you for the hospitality your hosts are showing you.
Aside from items to bring, there are other ways to ensure a pleasant visit. One way is to stay organized during your stay.
Keep your sleeping area neat
In addition to being polite, being organized during your stay also helps you when it’s time to head home. You’re less likely to leave something at a host’s home when you’re tidy.
Here are a few ways to stay tidy:
- Keep your toiletries in your bag and not sprawled across the sink.
- Make your bed every morning.
- Strip the sheets before you leave.
- Put your dirty clothes in a hamper or laundry bag.
Be sure to give yourself a full hour to pack up when leaving someone's home, even if you only need 15 or 20 minutes. The extra time will keep you from rushing and allow you to take care of everything you need to do.