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Host Country

By Denny Stein

Youíre not always the traveler. Thatís right. Sometimes youíre the destination, the host country, the place to go. In that case, itís your responsibility to make sure that your guest is comfortable, that his or her needs are met. Letís go over some of the little things that guests really appreciate, especially when theyíre staying in your home where they canít ring for service.

1. A wastebasket in every room.
2. A box of tissues in every room.
3. A bedside reading light that doesnít take a gymnastic move to turn on and off.
4. Bottled water or a water glass if your tap water is good.
5. A local map if theyíre going to be driving or walking in the area.
6. A BIG bath towel, to get from bedroom to shower and back again modestly.
7. Extra hand towels and a facecloth.
8. Q-Tips, cotton balls, safety razors, Band-Aids, pantiliners, and feminine supplies.
This isnít hard - really! My daughter-in-law has a few of all these things on a bathroom shelf in small baskets.
9. Small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body unguents (scored on your last hotel stay).
10. Extra rolls of toilet paper, in plain sight.
11. Extra blankets for the cold folks, and a spot to put blankets if youíre too hot.
12. One soft pillow, one hard supportive pillow, per person.
13. A clock.

These simple things will make any guest feel cared for and win you a big hug of appreciation. If youíve not convinced by my list, spend a night or two in your own guest room and find out what it needs to make you a happy camper.

Welcome to Our House

Comfy bedroom

More towels please


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