It can be both wonderful and overwhelming to travel for the holidays. There is nothing sweeter than your own bed and your own home, but it's always great to come together and celebrate with family and friends during this time of the year.†
The two things I notice most when staying in another person's home or having guests of my own are the bathrooms and the coffee situation.†Not in a "is it clean enough" sort of way but more of a "can I find a towel or a spare roll of toilet paper instead of bothering the host" way.
As far as the coffee situation is concerned, I sometimes feel guilty that I practically require coffee to survive on a daily basis. If I'm staying in a home where coffee isn't the beverage of choice, and I know that, I'll try to bring some along. And if it is a home where coffee is served, I hope they have some type of creamer. Likewise, if I'm hosting, I try to offer an assortment of creamers as well as decaf and regular coffee.
When it comes to bathrooms, there is nothing quite like getting ready in your own bathroom. To ensure guests are comfortable in your home, make sure the daily essentials--as well as a few extras, if you have the--are accessible and easy to find.
Since I value these things when I travel, I put a lot of focus into making sure everything is prepared when guests come to my home. Being organized and prepared beforehand always makes the holiday season easier to enjoy!†
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