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The Essential Vacation Rental Supplies Checklist

The Essential Vacation Rental Supplies Checklist

Renting out vacation properties is a lucrative, yet competitive, business. Ensure that your property stands out among the rest with this comprehensive list of essential Airbnb supplies. Now that you've started your vacation rental business, showing that you go the extra mile will help you achieve the coveted status of Superhost, a badge awarded to Airbnb hosts with outstanding ratings.

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Bedroom Supplies

Tufted white bed in between two bedside tables with lamps in an Airbnb
Give vacationers a five-star experience by equipping each bedroom with everything they'll need for an unforgettable stay. From linens to furniture, your guests will appreciate your careful attention to their every need.

  • Bed linens: Offer travelers a luxurious getaway with downy pillows and buttery-soft sheets and pillowcases. Bed linens often suffer heavy abuse in short term rentals, so be sure to keep at least one spare set of linens on hand for each bed.
  • Bed bug encasements: For added customer satisfaction, include bed bug mattress, box spring, and pillow encasements to grant visitors peace of mind while ensuring that you avoid costly pest infestations.
  • Mattresses: Make your Airbnb feel like a home away from home with premium mattresses. Mattress quality plays a large part in customer satisfaction. A bad mattress may result in a bad review, leading to fewer bookings. Investing in top of the line mattresses is critical to receiving the ratings that your rental deserves.
  • Blankets: Keep your bedrooms stocked with extra blankets to make overnight stays comfortable all night long. Consider supplying two to three blankets per bedroom.
  • Reading lamps: Keep a reading lamp beside each bed (or on both sides of queen or king size beds) for added ease and convenience.
  • Lockbox: As a host, your goal is to provide your guests with a worry-free trip. They will appreciate the addition of a lockbox in their room to store valuables while they're out and about.
  • Nursery furniture: Make traveling a breeze for parents of young children by including a playard or crib and compatible bedding. By keeping your rental child-friendly, you will open it up to a wider base of clientele and maximize your booking potential.
  • Laundry supplies: Supply your vacation unit with laundry detergent, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets. Travelers will appreciate the ability to do a load of laundry during their stay!
  • Ironing supplies: Irons and ironing boards help guests freshen up clothes that have been sitting in a suitcase for several days.
  • Hangers: Help visitors feel more at home by including hangers for them to organize their clothing in a closet.
  • Alarm clocks: Keep your guests on schedule by placing alarm clocks on the bedside table or in common areas.
  • Fans: Electric fans are a great addition if you own an older home without air conditioning, or simply if your property is situated in a hotter climate where extra cooling is necessary.
  • Full length mirror: While not a necessity for every room in the house, a full length mirror is an excellent touch, especially in master bedrooms.
  • Decor: Fill accent vases with fresh or fake flowers, sea shells, sea glass, pinecones, or fruit for simple decor that you can easily tailor to any aesthetic.

Bathroom Supplies

Bathroom with a black and white tile floor and a toilet, sink, and mirror with greenery
Complimentary toiletries go a long way in adding to customer satisfaction. This is especially true if guests are traveling by air and have to leave these products at home. Keeping your bathrooms stocked with all the essential toiletries and amenities adds a touch of luxury and heightens a guest's experience.

Keep in mind that customers can filter for specific amenities on most booking sites. Capitalize on your booking potential by ensuring that your rental is included in these searches.

  • Travel size toiletries: Offer a variety of bath amenities such as toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and body washes to leave occupants feeling refreshed.
  • Soap: Soap is an essential bathroom supply. Be sure to include several bars of soap in every bathroom to guarantee that guests won't run out during their visit.
  • Hair dryer: While a hair dryer isn't an essential Airbnb supply, travelers will appreciate not having to pack this bulky item in their luggage.
  • Toilet paper: Keep the bathroom stocked with plenty of toilet paper to last the duration of your guests' stay.
  • Towels: Make sure that you include enough bath towels, hand towels, and face towels for each occupant. The number of towels you will need varies on the length of your visitors' stay, but providing four of each type per bedroom is a good place to start. If you live near a lake or ocean, you should also provide outdoor towels. You can even include bath robes to pamper guests.
  • Towel bars: Keep bathrooms tidy by installing towel bars, towel racks, towel rings, or towel and robe hooks in bathrooms to hang damp towels after use.
  • Shower curtains, rods, and liners: Shower rods and curtains are bathroom essentials. Keep in mind that liners should be replaced every year, so you may want to stock up on this item.
  • Bath mats: Bath mats are a must-have in every full or master bathroom. Choose from disposable bath mats to minimize laundry or opt for non-disposable options. Keep in mind that non-disposable mats may need to be replaced every so often, as these items tend to age quickly if placed in high-traffic areas.
  • Bathroom mirrors: Help guests get ready in the morning or before a night out with wall-mount mirrors and vanity mirrors.
  • Bathroom accessories: Don't forget to include wastebaskets, soap dishes, and tissue box covers for added convenience.
  • Scale: Health-conscious visitors will appreciate the addition of these attractive scales in their bathroom.

Kitchen Supplies

Airbnb kitchen with a stovetop, white cabinets, marble countertop, and a tile backsplash with a Kitchenaid mixer and Le Creuset pot on the counter
Between cooking, eating meals, or just hanging out, people typically spend a lot of time in the kitchen. For this reason, the kitchen is a great place to add personality to your rental property. Purchase drinkware, dinnerware, and flatware that reflect the aesthetic of your home. Whether you choose modern designs or more classic styles, make sure that your guests have everything they need for their stay, from cups and plates to spices and sponges.

To guarantee that guests have enough tableware to last through the day, provide twice the number of place settings, dishes, and tableware as your rental's maximum guest capacity.

  • Drinkware: Outfit your kitchen with all the essentials, such as coffee mugs, wine glasses, and juice tumblers, to ensure that your visitors have the proper vessel for every beverage.
  • Dinnerware: Opt for more durable options to withstand heavy use, like melamine or metal dinnerware, both of which are resistant to chips and breakage. Or, create an air of refinement with china, porcelain, or glass.
  • Flatware: Be sure to outfit your kitchen with all the necessary utensils. Choose from classic styles or more modern looks to enhance the desired aesthetic of your property.
  • Chef knives: Let guests cook delicious at-home meals with the help of quality knife sets.
  • Coffee maker: It's the little things that go a long way in hospitality, and attending to your guests' caffeine needs is one of them. Including a high-quality coffee maker and coffee pods, or a selection of tea bags, won't go unnoticed.
  • Kitchen appliances: Stock the kitchen with a range of everyday cooking appliances such as toasters, blenders, can openers, and hot water kettles. These options give guests more flexibility when they decide to eat in.
  • Cookware sets: Encourage travelers to book a long visit by including all the essential cookware like pots and pans to make cooking a breeze. Guests will appreciate the ability to cook rather than eating out every night.
  • Oven mitts and pot holders: Conveniently store oven mitts and pot holders close to the oven and stove.
  • Kitchen utensils: Outfit your kitchen with all the necessary cooking utensils, such as spatulas, ladles, and tongs.
  • Cutting boards: Simplify prep work and cleanup with a few different sizes of cutting boards.
  • Spices: Stock your kitchen with key spices like salt, pepper, and oregano to save guests a trip to the store for these cooking essentials.
  • Tupperware: Especially useful for longer stays, food storage containers allow guests to store snacks and leftovers.
  • High chairs: Take the stress out of meal times by including a high chair in your kitchen for young children.
  • Dish soap: Store dish soap by the sink to make cleanup a breeze and dissuade guests from leaving dirty dishes after they check out.
  • Scrubbers and sponges: Don't forget to keep several clean sponges on hand to encourage occupants to keep dishes and surfaces clean.
  • Fire extinguisher: Make safety a priority by storing a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
  • First aid kit: Demonstrate that you put safety first by keeping a first aid kit on hand. Seal the kit with tamper evident tape to indicate when it has been opened and may need restocked.

Outdoor Supplies

Outdoor patio with outdoor table and chairs and grill under gazebo with fairy lights
Give your guests a truly unforgettable experience by creating a usable outdoor space that they can enjoy.

  • Outdoor grill: Including an outdoor grill allows guests to grill up fast and easy dinners after a full day.
  • Outdoor dining furniture: Give guests the opportunity to take their meals outdoors with outdoor tables and chairs that will last through all four seasons.
  • Outdoor umbrella: Outdoor table umbrellas and bases allow guests to enjoy your outdoor space even in the peak of summer.
  • Lounge chairs: Outdoor lounge chairs are the perfect addition to your patio or sunroom, and they allow visitors to make the most of a staycation or simply relax at the end of the day.
  • Fire Pit: Purchasing a fire pit for your outdoor space adds instant appeal to your home and allows guests to take advantage of the outdoors, even in colder months.
  • Hot tub: Hot tubs can be used year-round and are an excellent way to increase the desirability of your property.
  • Insect traps and repellant: If you live in a particularly buggy area, install insect zappers or use insect repellant to keep your home pest-free.
  • Lawn games: Help guests make the most of your outdoor space by providing lawn games.

Cleaning Supplies

Yellow colored cleaning liquid in a spray bottle next to three lemons
The cleanliness of your facilities shapes your guests' perception of your property. By neglecting to properly follow cleaning procedures, you risk a negative customer review. Below is a complete list of all the cleaning supplies you should use to ensure that your Airbnb upholds the standards of cleanliness that renters expect. Keeping cleaning supplies on hand also encourages guests to tidy up after themselves.

  • Coffee maker cleaners: Thoroughly clean your coffee maker to rid it of any residue from previous uses and remove unsightly mineral buildups that taint the coffee's flavor.
  • Air purifiers: Nothing will dampen your client's spirits faster than checking into a musty-smelling vacation rental. Eliminate any unsavory odors and fill the house with a fresh scent to heighten your guest's experience and perception of your property.
  • Disinfectant wipes: Disinfect countertops and doorknobs to rid these heavily trafficked surfaces of grime and germs. Also, demonstrate that you prioritize cleanliness by keeping disinfectant wipes stocked in your kitchen.
  • Paper towels: Paper towels are an essential cleaning supply to keep on hand for guest use as well as for cleanup after their departure.
  • Glass cleaner: Rid windows and mirrors of fingerprints and smudges with glass-friendly surface cleaner.
  • Bathroom cleaning chemicals: Use these chemicals on bathroom sinks, showers, toilets, and countertops to leave your property looking and smelling fresh for your next visitors.
  • Dust spray and furniture polish: Rental house furniture takes a beating, so it's important to do everything you can to extend the lifespan of your furniture. Regularly dust and polish wooden cabinets and furnishings to keep them looking like new.
  • Floor care chemicals: Maintain clean, odor-free floors and carpets with floor cleaner solutions, grout cleaners, stain removers, and even vandalism mark removers.
  • Vacuum cleaner: Vacuum cleaners help guests to clean up messy spills, and you'll appreciate the efficiency that they afford in cleaning up after guests.
  • Brooms and dustpans: Keep a broom and dustpan handy for guest use, as well as for cleanup after they leave.
  • Microfiber cloths and mitts: These all-purpose cleaning cloths are perfect for general dusting, polishing, and wiping down nearly any surface.
Expert Tip
If you choose to outsource your cleaning services, a thorough cleaning checklist is a must. Writing out a detailed list for cleaners (or yourself) may only take fifteen minutes, but it could save you from a negative review. You may also want to consider implementing a rotating cleaning schedule. For example, if you clean two windows per cleaning, you ensure that all areas are cleaned, even those that are dirtied less frequently.

Additional Amenities

Blank flat screen tv in a sunny vacation rental living room with chairs, a sofa, and a remote sitting on a coffee table
Make sure your guests have everything they need to weather a rainy day with puzzles, board games, and high-speed Wifi.

  • Flat Screen TV: After a long day of vacationing or traveling, let guests unwind by supplying the bedroom or common areas with a flat screen TV. A TV stand or flat panel mount allows you to place the TV anywhere, even in tight spaces.
  • Apple TV or Roku: Providing HD channels, an Apple TV, or a Roku device are not necessary, but will certainly add to your property's value.
  • Wifi: High-speed, password-protected Wifi has come to be an expectation for most vacation rentals.
  • Games: Add something as simple as a deck of cards, or invest in a ping pong or pool table to help your guests make the most of a lazy day.
  • Books: Include classic titles or a few of your own favorites to provide guests with a relaxing read during their getaway.
  • Crayons: Keep crayons and coloring books on hand to keep younger guests occupied.
Expert Tip
A growing number of Airbnb hosts are creating work from home spaces to allure guests who are tired of working within the same four walls. If you want your home to show under Airbnb's "dedicated workspace" filter, make sure it's equipped with high-speed Wifi that can handle two people working remotely.

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