A guest bathroom sink and vanity area.

You love to host, and it shows! You’ve finished decorating your guest bathroom, and now you want to make sure your friends and family can enjoy all the comforts of home while they’re traveling. Here are the most-used guest bathroom essentials you should absolutely have on hand, a few fun extras and, most importantly, advice for filling those bathroom cupboards on a budget.

Guest bathroom essentials (and some comforting extras)

Let’s make a shopping list. This will ensure you don’t have to make several trips to the store and keep you focused on only buying the things you actually need for your guests. The goal is to have bathroom basics handy, and then pamper your guests a bit.

Here’s what to put in a guest bathroom:

  • Toilet paper
  • Facial tissues
  • Hand soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Towels: bath, hand and washcloths
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash or bar soap
  • Pads and tampons
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorizing room spray

If you have extra money in the bathroom budget, snag a few of these, too:

  • Lotion
  • Pain relief medicine
  • Cotton swabs and cotton balls
  • Mouthwash and dental floss
  • New toothbrushes
  • New deodorant
  • Disposable razors and shaving cream
  • Sunscreen

Now that you have an idea of what to put on your list, save some money while you shop. First, start by downloading our Coupons app and looking for cash back offers that’ll help you save on guest bathroom supplies at any store that provides itemized receipts. You’ll find ways to save on everything from toilet paper to vitamins to shampoo, and much more.

4 ways to save money on your guest bathroom essentials

In addition to manufacturers’ coupons, loyalty card discounts and store offers, you can trim even more from your guest bathroom budget by making informed choices about the personal care products you’re buying.

1. Choose neutral fragrances for shampoo and body wash

If you select fresh scents like “ocean breeze” or otherwise not too flowery or musky fragrances, you can buy one bottle each of shampoo, conditioner and body wash that works for every guest. Save a little more space in the shower and pennies in your pocket by choosing a shampoo/conditioner combo product.

2. Order bathroom essentials in bulk

You’re always going to need toilet paper, tissues, hand soap and some other bathroom items for daily use. So, why not buy them in a larger quantity to get a price break? This is a fabulous option if you have ample storage in a hall closet, bathroom closet, garage, spare room or basement.

3. Upcycle travel-size products

Do you hotel hop often? Then you likely have a stash of half-used miniature body washes, shampoos and lotions tucked away somewhere. Why not gather these up and place them in a basket on the guest bathroom countertop? Your guests can pick out what they need — at no cost to you!

4. Shop the dollar store

If you haven’t been to a discount store in a while, you’re missing out. They often carry name-brand bathroom essentials. The trick to selling them for $1 is the product size. But, if you’re stocking a guest bathroom that only gets used a few times a year, maybe a smaller version is plenty. Shop dollar stores for the things you don’t use in your main bathroom or the extras like cotton balls and spare toothbrushes.

Have fun shopping

Your guests are about to arrive! Get focused on finishing up the guest bedroom and bathroom so you can sit back, relax and catch up — without worrying if you have enough toilet paper in the house.