How to be a good houseguest
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Don’t Break These Unspoken Rules as a Houseguest

It goes beyond just respect
How to be a good houseguest
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Knowing how to be a good houseguest will get you invited back.

There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it: Traveling can be expensive. And while there are plenty of ways to save money on a hotel, the easiest way to cut your travel budget is by staying with a friend or family member. But by being a houseguest, you miss out on certain luxuries of staying at a hotel. More importantly, there are tons of tiny things you need to do to be respectful to your gracious hosts.

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If you’re an infrequent houseguest, you may be unaware that there are certain rules you need to follow. [related]
Sure, nearly everyone knows that you shouldn’t leave your dirty clothes on the floor, snoop in your host’s medicine cabinet or eat their fridge clean, but being a polite, friendly, and courteous houseguest requires a lot more than the bare minimum.

For instance, bringing along your own toiletries, being an open and honest communicator and offering a small, thoughtful gift are all must-dos for being a houseguest. (You may just not have known that yet. You’re welcome.) If you still want to learn more unspoken guidelines for being the best-ever guest, click here for 15 rules you absolutely should not break.