Bring a thoughtful gift
While you should certainly plan to contribute to the groceries and activities, a thoughtful hostess gift is a gesture that starts the visit off right. “It doesn’t have to be elaborate – just something that lets your host know you appreciate their hospitality,” says etiquette expert Diane Gottsman. A set of linen cocktail napkins, a gift basket sent in advance, or a box of special chocolates from your favourite bakery is a nice touch.
Allow your host family their own time and space
Your host is not responsible for your entertainment the entire time you are visiting. “Make plans, get out on your own, and avoid monopolising your host’s schedule,” Gottsman adds.
Rent a car so your transportation needs are met. Additionally, if your child needs a car seat, be sure to make arrangements. “Your host shouldn’t have to make calls or locate safety equipment for your toddler. If you don’t plan to bring a car seat, have one sent ahead of time to your destination,” Gottsman says.