DIY Friday – rescue kit for the unexpected guest

It has happened on occasion where a friend or family member would come over for dinner, wine would happen, we’d chat about all sorts of rubbish into the wee hours, then husband and I would offer our guests to stay in our spare bedroom if they’d like. Since they didn’t bring anything with them with the intention of staying over, on most occasions they’ve had to head home. So in preparation for next time, I came up with a little emergency guest kit to keep in our spare bedroom, should we have some unexpected {but not unwelcome} guests. 

I should say that I didn’t buy anything especially for this kit. I didn’t even buy a new box – I just painted one we already had. Since husband and I do a fair amount of travelling, we usually come home with travel sized stuff {pretty hotel shampoo and shower caps we’ll never use, amirite?}, so it just made sense to put my hoard of tiny hotel stuff to good use … 

What’s in our rescue kit for the unexpected guest:

– a facecloth {or two}
– mini shampoo
– mini conditioner
– mini dry shampoo {god bless dry shampoo. Just sayin’}
– moisturiser
– travel pack of tissues
– a lady item {we’re all grown ups here. Yes. Things happen to ladies.}
– shower cap
– toothbrush and teeny tube of toothpaste {in the long white box}
– nail file
– a small pair of scissors {you never know}

This is just a rough guideline of what to include in an unexpected guest kit. Again, most of the items are things we picked up while travelling. The black and white boxes are from the hotel we stayed on our honeymoon in St. Petersburg. It’s nice to know they’re finally being put to good use. Or at least they’re ready to be, should the time come. 
So this weekend invite your friends around for a couple of drinks, and tell them you’re prepared. Just in case. 😉 xx A

p.s. That bedside table is getting it and soon. I’ve been meaning to give it a makeover for about 4 years now. Its time has come. 

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  1. May 23, 2014 / 11:26

    Really nice idea. I'll be popping by for wine and late night chats now that I know you're prepared!! 😉 xxx

  2. May 23, 2014 / 12:08

    Started making a collection years ago as I think I may have a little obsession with pint sized toiletries! Now I know how to put them to good use xx Happy Friday Chica!

  3. May 23, 2014 / 14:15

    Obviously, love this. Also, ditto to what Kimberly Hughes has written 😉

    ps. I shall of course, bring more of the wine stuff.

  4. May 23, 2014 / 20:42

    Oh, dry shampoo! This kit is amazing – if we ever clear the 'store-room that will be our guest-room' and get it decorated, then I will brazenly copy this idea. And I may just have to arrive unexpectedly and put your kit to use – I know your address… mwuhahah!

    And I look forward to seeing the bedside table makeover!

    Maria xx

    • May 26, 2014 / 09:15

      Oh no, you do know my address! Hahahahha. You're becoming quite the little stalker, Ms. Miles 😉

    • May 29, 2014 / 20:14

      That's the way I roll!!

  5. May 30, 2014 / 11:05

    We keep extras of things too, for that very reason.
    Adorable to have it all there in the wait. Also, I like Maria's style.
    Dammit she stole my line!

    • June 3, 2014 / 11:52

      Good god, you all know where I live! *runs away in terror*

      p.s. You have failed to give me your address, Mrs. Wheele. Christmas is a mere 6 months away and fast approaching. I can't work under these strict deadlines.