Essential Items that every Holiday Home should have

It can be disappointing for travellers to go on holiday and end up not having household conveniences available for use in the holiday rental property. Although our properties are geared toward the self catering market, there are ways to help make a property more convenient for guests. Here we explain why guests need certain basic amenities.
See below for a full Equipment and Facilities Checklist, which lists all the required necessities.

1. A hair dryer 

Many travellers can not fit a hair dryer in their suitcase, nor do they want to lug it around. Plus, since many hotels provide hair dryers, they might expect it of their holiday homes too. You can easily buy one relatively cheaply.

2. Toilet paper 

Imagine you’ve just had a long journey. You’ve been driving all night, caught connecting trains, or have just landed after your long stressful flight. We’re not going to mention the first thing that most people do when they arrive, but they breathe a sigh of relief afterwards. Now imagine your horror when you reach for the toilet paper holder and it’s empty! Don’t make your guests suffer this.

3. Ironing board 

You might already have an iron, but we also recommend having a full-size ironing board. After everything gets wrinkled in their suitcases, your travellers will probably appreciate not having to sit on the floor to iron.

4. Starter pack of coffee, tea bags, milk (or UHT milk) and sugar 

This is especially helpful if you live in a market where many of your travellers arrive at night. You don't have to provide coffee/tea for their entire stay, but it helps to keep them less grumpy on the first morning.

5. Oven gloves 

The last thing you want is to have one of your guests get burned. Keep oven gloves near the oven or cooking equipment.

6. Salt and pepper 

Providing an array of spices is helpful for the renters who plan to cook, but at the very least, be sure to leave some salt and pepper in the cupboard.

7. Pillow protectors and mattress pads 

These items will help your pillows and mattresses last longer and will add to the appearance of cleanliness at your home.

8. Towels and bed linen 

Even the most basic holiday rental should provide two bath towels, two hand towels, and four wash cloths for every guest they sleep. Make sure there’s also two sets of bedlinen for every bed, incase the sheets need to be changed. If it gets cold some extra blankets would also be much apprechiated.

9. Bin liners in rubbish bins 

Keeping rubbish bags in all of your dustbins just appears cleaner. And you wouldn’t want raw household waste going directly into your bins? Don't forget the small WC dustbins, too.

10. Fans 

If you don't have air conditioning or ceiling fans, it's easy to place a couple of tabletop fans in the cupboard so your guests can stay cool and comfortable.

11. Tissues 

In case of sickness or allergies don't make your guests use toilet paper every time they need to blow their noses.

12. A full-length mirror 

A simple full-length mirror is inexpensive and can be hung on the back of the bedroom doors.

13. A deck of cards 

Keep your guests entertained during the evenings and rainy days. A variety of games is optimal, but you can't go wrong with a simple deck of cards.

14. A guestbook 

a guest book will encourage renters to leave a review. You can submit these as Guest Book Comments on or Plus, those reviews might include tips for area activities or restaurants that future guests will certainly appreciate.

Top Tip: If you advertise on, a customer’s review carries a lot of weight, and will help you get further enquires. Why not submit a positive comment left by a previous guest, and submit it as a guest book comment?

15. Emergency supplies 

You should always be prepared for the worst with a battery-powered radio, torches and a first-aid kit, especially if you're located in an area prone to natural disasters.

It is important to view your property from a guest’s perspective. Unless you actually stay in your holiday home periodically, you may not realise these things are even missing. It’s important to equip your rental property adequately for your guests. This article is just a starting point. Have a look at our Equipment and Facilities Checklist for a complete list. Happy shopping!
Copyright, June 2010

The Holiday Home Equipment and Facilities Checklist


If you want to rent out your holiday home, you need to equip it with some standard items before you can open your doors to the public. Here’s our comprehensive Equipment and Facilities Checklist of everything the customers will need. The “must haves” are essentials, whilst the “extras” are suggestions that will help you gain the edge over your competitors.

And if your second home is in an area with great food markets, or is popular with foodies, simply use the included Kitchen Checklist to stock up, and watch those budding chefs start queuing.

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