ELAINE'S EVERYDAY STYLE - Houseguest Dos & Don'ts

Over the next several weeks many people will take vacations but not all will stay in a hotel. Some will spend everything from just a few days to weeks with family or friends. I have a few tips on how you can be the perfect houseguest, have an enjoyable time AND get invited back1

Don’t bring too much luggage - The easiest way to immediately irritate your host is to show up with way too much stuff. Just pack sensibly and try not to take up too much space.


Pack proper clothing and gear such as swimwear or sports gear - Find out in advance what type of activities you’ll be doing during your stay and then arrive prepared. You don’t want to have to borrow things from your host. You can also avoid making impulse purchases that can take you out of your vacation budget.

Do bring some cash of your own to have on hand - Have funds available if you go out to dinner or a movie. You should not expect your host to pay for your expenses on outings. It is a nice gesture to bring a simple gift with you when you arrive such as a special coffee, a bottle of wine or a food basket. Just be creative! Or you might even want to treat them for a night out. This would be a nice gift and help alleviate the workload. CONTINUE