How to be a Superior Guest

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For a weekend trip, you plan to stay with friends or relatives. They have made up a nice air mattress and all the necessary accommodations in your favor. This all sounds like the perfect weekend treat. However, your host has yet to discover your poor dwelling habits, which might be a problem if you plan on visiting again. Kim Fusaro, contributor for the magazine Women’s Day writes, “If you’d like to get invited back, it’s best to brush up on your houseguest etiquette before packing your bags.”

Follow These Simple Tips to Become a Superior Guest:

  1. Have a Plan & Be Direct: Since your hosts will be preparing a plush air mattress for you to sleep on, you’ll want to warn them in advance if you choose to bring along a last-minute guest. It’s proper to give your host time to assemble extra sleeping arrangements.

  2. Pack with Craft: You don’t want to become a needy guest who requires everything. Be prepared with things such as a toothbrush, your favorite pillow, and other essentials to ease the burdens on your host. On the other hand, you don’t want to strain your host with too much—a talented packer will not bring the entire contents of his or her room.

  3. Manage your Things: Once you unpack all of your junk into someone’s home, it’s up to you to keep track of it. For everyone else’s sake, keep your things organized. Even if your host’s house is already messy, leave the space you sleep in better than you found it.

  4. Make your bed: Sounds a little juvenile right? Well, there are plenty of parents that feel strongly about a well-made bed. You may not make your bed every day at home, but as a guest, it’s important to show respect for the space you are being loaned (even if it’s just for a night).

  5. Express your gratitude: You can be creative with this one. You could leave a note on the bed, or you could leave a voice message after you leave, or even a funny thank-you video would work. Your friends or family will appreciate the gesture.

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