Like every business venture, there’s planning, preparation, and good old-fashioned hard work that goes into every vacation home rental. As a host, you are not just providing a roof over your guests’ heads, you’re shaping their experiences. And chances are, you’d like to shape an enjoyable one at that.
Yes, there are many different roads you can go down to help maximize your guests’ stays, 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 make like 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 6-star Airbnb experience, but that power lies beyond mini-shampoos.
For the sake of keeping this post as a standard checklist on which to rely as an outstanding host, we’ll keep it limited to the basic tools for your hosting arsenal:
Bath Towels (2 per guest)
Beach Towels (if relevant)
Toilet Paper (plan for about 1.5 rolls per week)
Magnified Makeup Mirror
Shower Hanger (for toiletries) Toiletries (buy in bulk)
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
A Box of Tissues
Pen & Note Pad
Dresser and/or Shelves (at least one unit)
Safe for Passports and Valuables
The Grub Hub
Teas & Instant Coffee
Tea Kettle / Water Heater
Salt & Pepper
Sugar & Sweetener
Dishes, Cups, and Silverware (at least one set for every 2 guests)
Pots and Pans
Tupperware Cleaning Supplies (buy in bulk)
Books and Magazines
Desk or Workspace
Coloring Books and Crayons
Pens and Pencils
A Little Something Extra
Dryer or Clothing Rack
Hopefully, this resource has managed to remind you of a thing or two that you might have forgotten, as well as provided some new ideas of what to add to your Airbnb experience. As a general rule of thumb when it comes to host preparedness and making sure to provide guests with everything they expect: simply imagine yourself in your guests’ shoes (and then remember to provide a shoe rack).