How to Prepare Your Bathroom for Overnight Guests

How to Prepare Your Bathroom for Overnight Guests

By Parachute
When getting ready to host overnight guests, we tend to focus on washing the bedding, jazzing up the spare room and fully stocking the fridge. And while all those tasks are important, prepping the bathroom often gets overlooked.

Whether you have a separate bathroom or will be sharing your own, there are a few things you can do to make your visitors feel completely comfortable in the loo. Here are eight tips and some of our favorite bathroom toiletries to boot.

1. Plenty of Basics

A basket stored discreetly near the toilet keeps extra toilet paper out of sight but easily accessible.

First and foremost, make sure your guests can easily access the essentials. At a minimum, this means having extra rolls of toilet paper in a prominent spot, extra boxes of tissues, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner plus shaving gel and a new razor. You might want to consider providing hand sanitizer and a natural room spray.

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Diptyque Protective Pine Room Spray
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2. Yummy, Plush Towels

Dedicate a few complete sets of Parachute’s Classic Towels for guests’ use only.

We can all agree that having a beautiful set of guest bed linens is a must, but are your guest towels up to par? A freshly laundered stack of bath towels, easily accessible hand towels and a few extra washcloths go a long way. Make sure you also have towel bars and a hamper accessible so they know where to hang and then toss their used bath products.

Parachute Classic Towels
Stay fresh and clean with our super soft and absorbent Towels, loomed from premium long-staple Turkish cotton.
Parachute Waffle Bath Towels
These lightweight, minimalist towels textured with a honeycomb weave will make your bathroom look and feel like a fancy spa.
Parachute Starter Bathroom Bundle
The easiest way to upgrade your bathroom, this bundle includes our most popular bath items in one simple set.


3. A Luxe Robe

Go the extra mile and provide a robe for your guests.

One of our favorite things about staying in a luxury hotel is the sumptuous white robe waiting in the closet. Go the extra mile and purchase one or two bathrobes for visitors, then hang them on wooden hangers in their room.

Parachute Classic Bathrobe
With two slouchy front pockets, a snug waist tie and cozy shawl collar, this is the ultimate relaxation wear.
Allswell Stonewashed Waffle Bathrobe
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Parachute Speckled Waffle Robe
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4. Soy Candles

Two candles and a small plant make a lovely vignette.

Adding a softly scented natural candle to your bathroom is another thoughtful touch. Choose a candle with a more neutral smell for guests who might have a sensitive olfactory system. Keep some matchbooks nearby (we suggest vintage books or matches from nearby establishments you love). Light the candle right before your guests arrive—they’ll feel less shy about reigniting it later, maybe for a bath.

Parachute Scented Candle
Set a relaxing mood in your home with a fragrant, clean-burning candle housed in a minimalist concrete vessel.


5. Special Extras

Fresh blooms and a fancy toothbrush will make your guests feel welcome.

To offer your guests a truly exceptional stay, invest in a few toiletries and cosmetics they’ll likely need but might not bring. Keep them on the bathroom counter so visitors know to help themselves. We’re talking special extras here, like these:

  • Toothbrush 
  • Make-up wipes
  • Body lotion 
  • Hairbrush 
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel packs of common medications

6. First Aid Kit

A clearly labeled first aid kit is an essential in every bathroom.

A first aid kit is one of those items that you don’t really think about…until you desperately need it. While it’s not necessary to have this out in the open, you should definitely store one (perhaps under the sink or stylishly on the wall) just in case.

7. Bubble Bath

Display an assortment of bath accoutrement near the tub for guests to indulge.

If you have a nice bathtub (claw foot for the win!), keep some sustainable bubble bath or DIY salts on hand for use. Display these items together in a basket next to the tub for easy access.

L:A Bruket Bath Salt
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Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak
Herbivore products are truly natural, vegan, and cruelty-free. They contain no synthetic ingredients— this includes no dyes, no fragrances, and no synthetic preservatives.
OSEA for Parachute Sleep Time Bath Salt
We created this ultra-relaxing bath salt in collaboration with OSEA, the plant-based skincare brand free of toxic, synthetic ingredients. Treat yourself to a warm bath before bedtime for your best sleep ever.


8. Inspiring Magazines and Easy Reads

We love how this bathroom’s ample reading material doubles as statement decor.

Keep a curated selection of recent magazines and a few books in the bathroom as well. If you know your guests’ preferences, place those on top. For example, if you have a foodie friend in town grab the newest issue of Gather Journal. Also keep a few design books that are enjoyable to browse: Justina Blakeney’s The New Bohemians is a crowd pleaser.

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