Every year, my family and I say that we’re going to take a vacation. Away from home. Preferably somewhere warm with white sandy beaches and clear blue water. And every year, we don’t. Time, money, circumstances, and a bunch of other variables usually leave us finding ways to have fun at — or near — home. Not much has changed this year — except that we’ll have company for our staycation. So before the Fourth of July, we’ve been getting our home ready for company. Here are some great tips:
A comfy place to sleep
We’re fortunate enough to have an extra bedroom. What we do not have, however, is a comfortable sleeping situation for adults — much less two. We have a twin-twin bunkbed that works when kids are coming over, but notsomuch for anyone older than 16. The first thing we did was invest in a raised queen sized air mattress. To make the mattress even more comfortable, it is a good idea to put it on top of a rug. Just use a rug size guide to purchase one that will best fit under it.
It’s 18 inches high, which is a lot better than the smaller camping-sized air mattresses that basically amount to sleeping on the ground. Outfitted with some nice sheets, pillows and a comforter, it will work great for our guests, and it rung it at just under $50.
New towels, anyone?
The next thing on our shopping list is new towels. What is it about having guests that makes you realize how — ummmm — well-loved every towel in your linen closet looks? Seriously, we’re going to do our guests a favor and deliver new towels and washcloths, pre-washed, of course, to get rid of any pesky towel lint.
Make outside comfortable, too
Who wants to spend the Fourth of July sitting inside the house, right? Luckily for us, we invested in a great popup canopy from Walmart before Memorial Day, so we have the shade situation in our backyard covered. Literally (haha!). You can also breathe some new life in your backyard space by decorating it with some cool art from Outdoor Art Pros.
But if you’re in the market for a tent you can take with you when you head out to the lake or park, or something temporary for your backyard, Walmart has a great Ozark Trails canopy for right around $50. I know that in Georgia, when that afternoon sun hits, shade is an absolute must, so $50 sounds relatively inexpensive if it means you can spend more time outside during our staycation.
You can even add a couple of outdoor swing hammocks to really make the space feel like a place where you can lounge and relax.
So what about you? What are your summer essentials for a staycation or having guests?