The 22 Guest Bathroom Essentials You Never Knew You Needed

Updated 10/24/19
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We all know how much of a difference it makes to keep your bathroom fresh and clean. This is particularly crucial in the guest bathroom, not only because you want to make a stylish impression, but also because it will make your friends and family feel at home. We can't think of many things worse than staying at a house with an understocked bathroom. If you're planning on having some visitors over, or you simply want to freshen up your space with more elevated items, consider our comprehensive shopping guide your solution to avoid any overlooked details. From the shower, to the toilet, to the sink, we've got you covered with 22 guest bathroom essentials.

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Toilet Paper Stand

Rough Cast Brass Standing Toilet Paper Holder
CB2 Brass Toilet Paper Stand $50 $45
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Make sure there's always extra toilet paper within reach in case the roll runs out. This stand makes that possible, while also giving your guest bathroom a stylish flair. 

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Toilet Brush

Nexus Black Marble Toilet Brush
CB2 Nexus Black Marble Toilet Brush $30
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Don't forget to keep a toilet brush and/or plunger nearby in case of emergency. Trust us—your guests will be forever grateful. This marble one is pretty enough to not be a total eyesore in your bathroom.

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Post-Poo Drops

Post Poo Drops
Aesop Post-Poo Drops $29
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A good host goes above and beyond to make their houseguests feel comfortable. This small detail will do just that. These post-poo drops are also kind of funny, given the seriousness of the packaging. 

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Reading Material

Kinfolk Volume 26
Kinfolk Volume 26 $16
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In a bathroom, you need reading material for both style and entertainment. If you don't have room for a magazine rack or etagere, just place them on top of the toilet tank.

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Wastebasket

Fine Lines Waste Basket
DKNY Fine Lines Waste Basket $50
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If you've ever gone over to someone's house without a wastebasket in the bathroom (yes, it happens), you know just how transformative this item is. This one merges style with function.

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Diffuser

Eclectic Orientalist Scented Diffuser
Tom Dixon Eclectic Orientalist Diffuser $120
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A fragrance that keeps the bathroom smelling nice and fresh can make all the difference. This diffuser is pretty, so it won't clash with your interiors. 

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Toothbrush Cup

rubber coated black toothbrush-razor cup
CB2 Rubber Coated Black Toothbrush Cup $4 $3
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Place a slim container by the sink for toothbrush storage. Bonus points if you stock toothpaste in it or in a drawer nearby.

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Hand Soap

hand soap
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap $29
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Buy your liquid hand soap in bulk, like this one that comes in a case of six, to save money and always have some ready when your guests arrive. We love this soap's lavender scent.

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Soap Pump

soap pump
CB2 Rubber Coated Soap Pump $8
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Don't stress if your hand soap doesn't come in a fancy bottle. Use a stylish soap pump to disguise the more affordable liquid soap in a prettier package. 

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Tissue Box

tissue box
CB2 White Rubber Coated Tissue Box Cover $20
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A sleek tissue box cover or makeshift dispenser will elevate the average drugstore purchase. This white one adds a clean, modern touch to your bathroom.

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Bath Towels

bath towel
Crate & Barrel Ribbed Bath Towels $35
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Place a freshly laundered and folded bath towel on their pillow or at the end of their bed so they know which one they can use. 

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Bathmat

bathmat
Crate & Barrel Organic White Turkish Bath Mat $25
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A neutral bathmat right outside the shower or bath will keep their feet warm and absorb any puddles.

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Hand Towel

hand towel
ABC Carpet & Home Striped Guest Fouta $15
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Opt for a stylish hand towel that's both useful and pretty. This one is neutral enough to blend in with almost any décor scheme.

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Rug

area rug
Anthropologie Vashti Rug $68
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Since there isn't much surface area for anything that isn't purely functional in a bathroom, an area rug is a great way to warm up the space with a pop of color. 

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First Aid Box

first aid box
Creative Co-op Enamled First Aid Box $78 $46
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Having ibuprofenbandages, and other basic first-aid items on hand is a must. Your guests will seriously appreciate it. 

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Vase with Flowers

Bright Ceramicist Vase
West Elm Bright Ceramicist Vase $14 $11
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A pretty vase full of fresh flowers will instantly beautify the bathroom. Choose a stylish vase so that when you don't have guests and forgo the fresh blooms, it'll still look chic on the vanity.

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Wall Art

wall art
Gia Coppola Las Vegas Shower $160
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Since there isn't much room for décor in the bathroom, introduce some personal style with wall art. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you can opt for one large statement piece, or choose a couple smaller framed works.

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Full-Length Mirror

mirror
Urban Outfitters Ashton Mango Wood Mirror $249
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A full-length mirror on the back of the door or leaning against a wall in the bathroom will make getting dressed and living out of a suitcase a little less difficult.

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Extra Toothbrush

Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush Standard
Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush $8
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It's always nice to keep an extra toothbrush in stock in case they forget their own. 

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Toothpaste

25mL Travel Toothpaste
Marvis Travel Toothpaste $6
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The same thing goes for toothpaste. We love Marvis's jasmine flavor. 

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Grooming Essentials

Essential Kit
Malin+Goetz Essential Travel Kit $32
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Make sure the shower is stocked with all the basic grooming products in case they didn't bring their own. This kit delivers everything in one place. 

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Canister

Nexus Small Black Marble Canister
CB2 Black Marble Canister $20
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Dress up some Q-tips and cotton balls in a little container. This one adds a sleek touch to your bathroom.

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