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Vacation Rental Stocking List

Like every business venture, there’s planning, preparation, and good old-fashioned hard work that goes into every vacation home rental. As a property manager, you’re not just ‘handing over the keys to a roof over your guests’ heads; you’re responsible for shaping their experiences. Chances are, you’d like to shape an enjoyable one at that.

Yes, there are many great approaches to providing the best stay for your guests, and buying certain household items marks one instance where the road less traveled is not necessarily the best one to choose. Make sure your Airbnb is stacked with the essentials – travelers like to know they can expect the expected when it comes to having a well-prepared trip and being taken care of.

When considering what items are essential for you to supply for your guests, think of your Airbnb as a professional accommodation and mirror the maids’ carts and linen closets you tend to see in hotels. Of course, unlike a hotel, there’s always room for you to create a 5-star Airbnb experience, but that power lies beyond mini-shampoos.

In this post, we’re giving you a standard checklist that you can rely on to be an outstanding host; we’ll keep it limited to the basic tools for your hosting arsenal:

The Bathroom

  •  Bath Towels (2 per guest)

  •  Beach Towels (if relevant)

  •  Towel Hooks

  •  Toilet Paper

  •  Feminine Products

  •  Hair Dryer

  • Hair Straightener

  •  Magnified Makeup Mirror

  •  Shower Hanger (for toiletries)

    Toiletries (buy in bulk)

  • Hand Soap

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • Body Wash

  • Combs

  • Toothpaste

  • Disposable Toothbrush

  • Disposable Razors

  • Body Lotion

The Sleeping Quarters

  • Bed Linens and Pillows (for laundering & restocking linen services, click here)

  • Extra Linens, Blankets, and Pillows

  • Air Con, Heater, and/or Fan

  • Garbage Bin

  • A Box of Tissues

  • Pen & Note Pad

  • Bedside Table

  • Bedside Lamp

  • Foot Rug

  • Alarm Clock

  • Dresser and/or Shelves (at least one unit)

  • Safe for Passports and Valuables

The Kitchen

  • Teas & Coffee

  • Tea Kettle / Water Heater

  • Salt & Pepper

  • Sugar & Sweetener

  • Cooking Oil

  • Dishes, Cups, and Silverware (at least one set for every 2 guests)

  • Pots and Pans

  • Extra Lightbulbs

  • Tupperware

    Cleaning Supplies (buy in bulk)

  • Hand Soap

  • Dishwashing Liquid

  • Carpet Cleaner

  • All-Purpose Cleaner

  • Bleach

  • Disinfectant

  • Trash Bags

  • Broom

  • Dustpan

The Living Room

  • Books and Magazines

  • Full-Length Mirror

  • Desk or Workspace

  • Coloring Books and Crayons

  • Pens and Pencils

  • Playing Cards

A Little Something Extra

  •  Washing Machine

  • Dryer or Clothing Rack

  •  Television

  •  Cable

  •  VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray Assortment

  •  Clothing Iron

  •  Adaptors

  •  WiFi

Better Safe Than Sorry

  •  Functioning Smoke Detector & Carbon Monoxide Detector

  • Fire Extinguisher

First Aid Kit

  •  Emergency Numbers 

  • Absorbent Compress Dressings

  •  Sterile Gauze Pads

  •  Triangular Bandages

  •  Roller Bandages

  •  Adhesive Bandages

  •  Adhesive Cloth Tape

  •  Scissors

  •  Antiseptic Wipes

  •  Antibiotic Ointment

  •  Hydrocortisone Ointment

  •  Aspirin

  •  Instant Cold Compress

  •  Non-Latex Gloves

  •  Tweezers

  •  Thermometer

Hopefully, this resource has covered all the details that are easy to forget, as well as provided some new ideas of what to add to your Airbnb for an improved experience. When it comes to host preparedness and making sure to meet guests’ expectations, the general rule of thumb is: simply imagine yourself in your guests’ shoes, and then remember to provide a shoe rack!