Inventory Checklist for Holiday Cottages and Airbnb Lets: Over 200 Essential Items for a Great Guest Experience
Whether you are just starting out renting your holiday cottage or already run a successful holiday let, ensuring that you provide all the essential amenities your guests need will help prevent negative reviews and delight guests who return again and again.
After all, guests will have chosen your holiday let over a hotel because of the ‘home from home’ experience and the extras that you simply don’t get when staying in a hotel.
The very nature of a holiday let with a high turnover of guests means there is likely to be wear and tear and breakages. An inventory checklist allows you to identify items that are damaged or missing so you can replace them or get them fixed.
Remember that if your holiday let sleeps a set number of people (e.g. sleeps 8), then provide the same number of items for at least the maximum that can be accommodated. For example, as well as beds for 8 people you need 8 dining chairs, 8 places to sit in the living room and don’t provide a toaster with only two slots!
You should also send your inventory list to your guests before they arrive so they can cut down on bringing items they won’t need.
Here’s our rundown of over 200 essential items for holiday cottages and holiday lets. The list is quite subjective and your amenities should reflect the location of your holiday home, the style of property and the type of guests you attract. (It does not include furniture, furnishings etc. as these are quite obvious).
If you have anything to add to enhance a guests stay, please list them in the comments.
Holiday let kitchen inventory
The kitchen is often the hub of a holiday cottage. Some guests like to eat out and some stay in and cook, so it’s essential to provide a kitchen with everything they need.
For cutlery, crockery, glasses etc. provide double the amount of the maximum occupancy and provide two of essential items e.g. corkscrew. Replace chipped damaged or mismatched items.
Baking items such as cakes tins, Yorkshire pudding tin, cooling racks, rolling pin, cutters
Bins (tell guests which bin is for what so they can recycle)
Bottle opener x2
Cutlery (check the number of teaspoons regularly as they going missing)
Fish slice or similar
Glasses – wine, beer (pint), tall, tumbler
Herbs and spices
Ice cube tray
Kitchen roll, foil, cling film
Knife set (good quality sharp knives)
Mortar and pestle
Oil & vinegar dispenser set
Pans (ample small/medium/large, non-stick and stainless steel)
Placemats and coasters
Plastic chopping boards
Plastic picnic set, children’s cutlery, plastic crockery & cups
Salt and pepper mills
Tea towels (x4)
Tea, Coffee & Sugar pots
Holiday cottage bathroom essentials
Bath mat (non-slip)
Mini luxury toiletries e.g. soaps, shower gel, hair products, bath-bombs, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant
Non-slip shower mats
Shaver/toothbrush charger point
Holiday home bedroom inventory
Invest in clean, crisp and high-quality linen that’s easy to clean and bleach if necessary.
Full-length mirror (near socket)
Hot water bottles
Matching bed linen
Pillows (plus extra “just in case”)
Sockets beside the bed (plug and USB)
Waterproof mattress protectors
Air conditioning or electric fan
Filter coffee machine
Hob and oven
Juicer or smoothie maker
Portable ac unit
Small alarm clock
Telephone (block, international, premium calls – allow local only)
Toasted sandwich maker
Travel adapter (for foreign visitors)
TV plus streaming services (Sky/Freeview/Netflix etc)
First Aid & Safety Equipment
Carbon monoxide alarm
First aid kit
Safety latches on cupboards
Wind-up torch and or motion-sensing night lights in case of a power failure
Basic supply of cleaning materials for bathroom and kitchen
Dishwasher tablets/rinse aid
Disinfectant wipes and spray
Dustpan and brush
Mop & bucket
Starter supply of dishwasher and washing machine powder/tablets
Washing up bowl with new sponge/disposable cloths/clean brush/washing up liquid
Art supplies for painting
Colouring book and crayons or a re-usable wipe clean colouring sheet
Decks of cards
Family board games/Puzzles
Games console (Xbox)
BBQ & starter bundle, tools
Bodyboards & inflatables
Children’s toys, bucket and spade
Outside table and chairs
Ashtrays (if smoking permitted)
Binoculars if you have a good view
Blank notepad and pen
Clothes drying rack
For open fires or wood-burners – Ash container, coal scuttle/log basket, fireguard & fire irons, some wood pieces/charcoal
Mini sewing Kit
Spare light bulbs
Universal phone charger
Guide/map of local walks
Pet-friendly pubs guide
A basic food hamper
Covid – if you provide a welcome basket consider only offering items which are sealed or packaged – ideally presented in a wipeable container or simply leave them as stand-alone items.
Bottle of wine, prosecco
Fresh bread & butter
Local produce e.g. a cake, biscuits, cheese or jam
Mini cereal variety box
Tea/Coffee/Milk, juices and bottled water
Note: definitely don’t leave any opened/partly used leftover items from previous guests!