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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States · Member since January 2013
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My job as marketing/PR manager/presenter for a small nonprofit program with national reach provides me with frequent travel opportunities around the country. I have found Airbnb to be a valuable, affordable resource and I have met some wonderful people. I like to travel and staying with locals is so much more fulfilling than staying in a boring hotel. I have stayed in some great places with great hosts and, so, I thought I'd put together some ideas that go beyond clean towels and extra toilet paper, on what has been appealing and appreciated as a guest.

Mattress pad. It doesn't matter how fabulous or pricey the mattress is, if it doesn't have a decent mattress pad on it it isn't as comfortable or clean as it could be. If there's no barrier between the sheet and the mattress...ewww. Needless to say, your mattress is going to be less than clean in a very short time. You can't wash and bleach the mattress, so a good mattress cover will protect your investment and your reputation as a host.

Pillow protectors. Same deal as the mattress pad.

Cotton sheets - the higher the thread count the better but that doesn't mean you have to break the bank on 1000 count sheets. There are some comfy and affordable sheets in the 350-500 count range. By all means, please avoid microfiber. Just sayin. A lightweight cotton blanket is also nice to have on hand.

If your guest(s) is sharing the bathroom, provide them with a space for their bathroom stuff - a shelf, drawer, basket, tote, etc. Its also nice to have some necessities available in case they might have forgotten something: toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, feminine products, band aids, contact lens solution, etc. Hair dryer.

Electronics: power strip, nightlight, ceiling or floor fan, illuminated clock, reading lamp. If the guest area gets a little chilly in the winter months, a space heater might be a good idea too.

Water glass, disposable cups or water bottle in the bedroom or bathroom. Tissues, too.

Beyond the basics of cleanliness and comfort, the look and feel (ambiance) of the room is more important to some than it is to others. My personal pet peeve is the mattress on the floor. Since most hosts will have a picture of the bedroom, that's not a problem for me because I will pass on that listing. An exterior shot of the dwelling is very much appreciated, too. An apartment that is described as being in a fabulous, luxurious building, turns out to have peeling paint, rusting railings and completely fogged up windows. Not so fabulous and definitely not luxurious.

Just some observations I thought I'd pass along.

When I'm home I live with my soon to be college student (yeah) teenage daughter, a 200+ lb. English Mastiff named Shakespeare, a 13 lb. rescue cat named Pluto and a wee kitten named Flirt. When I travel and not working, I love to shop, go sightseeing and experience new and unusual restaurants.
Big cities and beaches are my two passions. My bucket list includes safely driving (and not getting lost) in as many metropolitan cities as I can and attending a baseball game in those cities that have MLB teams. yeah, I know, its a bit odd. lol