Getting married? Give your guests a little extra something with a Wedding Bathroom Basket. This great little idea – also known as hospitality baskets or bathroom emergency kits – have become very popular for weddings in South Africa over the last year. Usually, a basket, tray or box, is placed in your reception venue bathrooms and full of first aid items, toiletries, and sanitary products to help your guests with any mini emergencies they may have. And while not essential, the extra effort will certainly be appreciated by guests!

Bathroom Basket List

To help you create the perfect bathroom baskets we’ve compiled this handy little list of items to give you an idea of what to include to help you and your guests enjoy your big day even more.

First Aid

  • Bandaids/Plasters
  • Blister Plasters
  • Party Feet
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sunscreen (for outdoor weddings)
  • Bug Spray  (for outdoor weddings)
  • Cough drops
  • Tissues
  • Rennies
  • Painkillers

Beauty Bits and Items to Freshen Up

  • Bobby Pins/Hairgrips
  • Hair Bobbins
  • Hairspray
  • Dry Hair Shampoo
  • Hair Gel
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (tampons and liners etc.)
  • Clear Nail Varnish
  • Nail File
  • Nail Glue
  • Lash Glue
  • Vaseline
  • Blotting Paper
  • Deodorant (aerosol style so multiple guests can use it)
  • Hand Lotion
  • Mints and Gum
  • Toothpicks
  • Wet Wipes
  • Baby Powder (can help with sweaty feet and chaffing!)

Handy Tools

  • Stain Remover Pen
  • Lint Roller
  • Safety Pins
  • Sewing Kit
  • Scissors
  • Earring Backs

Little Treats

  • Mini bottles of perfume and aftershave (you could pick up samples from beauty counters)
  • Body Spray
  • Lollipops


Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Bathroom Baskets

  • Grab yourself a nice basket, a pretty decorated box or tray to put your items in but keep in mind the space you will be placing them, make sure the basket isn’t too big for the counter or too small for all the items you are including. If there is no counter space at your venue, ask if a small table can be left in the toilets to hold the bathroom kit.
  • Create his and her baskets for ladies and gents’ bathrooms. Tweak the above list by adding in or omitting items.
  • Collect product samples throughout your planning, they’re free and they are perfectly sized for bathroom baskets.
  • If you have young children attending, don’t put any sort of medication (paracetamol etc) in the basket. Leave these items behind reception and leave a little note in the baskets telling your guests where they can get them if needed.
  • Likewise, keep scissors, needles or glue out of reach from little hands.
  • Ask a bridesmaid or a family member who is offering to help, to organise this for you. Just send them on this list to print out and they can pick up bits and pieces throughout the planning process.

We hope you find this little checklist helpful for your big day! For more great wedding advice and ideas on how to set up your personal or guest bathrooms, get in touch with us!

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