Airbnb Checklist: The Must-Have Essentials for Your Rental Property


Are you a new Airbnb host who has recently acquired a property and is wondering what essential items you should provide to ensure that your guests have an exceptional experience and leave you glowing reviews? As a host, it’s important to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for your guests, and providing the right amenities is a crucial part of that.

Why are Airbnb essentials a must-have for a great guest experience?

When guests arrive at their Airbnb rental, they don’t want to have to worry about running out of toilet paper or having to go to the store to buy shampoo. By providing these essentials, you can make sure that your guests have everything they need and can relax and enjoy their stay.

By providing essential items, you can help your guests feel at home and ensure that they have everything they need during their stay. Not only will this enhance their overall experience, but it will also increase the likelihood of positive reviews, which can attract more guests and help you grow your business.


So, what essential items should you consider providing in your Airbnb? 

From basic toiletries to kitchen essentials, there are many items that can make a big difference in your guests’ experience. Some examples include clean towels and linens, toiletries such as shampoo and soap, kitchen appliances and utensils, and entertainment options such as books or board games.

By taking the time to carefully consider what essential items to provide in your Airbnb, you can create a comfortable and welcoming environment for your guests that will help ensure their satisfaction and encourage them to leave positive reviews.

In this article, we’ll walk you through a comprehensive Airbnb checklist of the must-have essentials for your rental property. We’ll cover everything from basic necessities like toilet paper and towels to more specialized items like fire extinguishers and first aid kits.


The Basics

These are the essential items that every Airbnb rental property should have:

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Box of Tissues
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Dishwashing tablet or powder
  • Kitchen cloth and sponge
  • Tea towels
  • Oven Mitts
  • Baking paper
  • Aluminum foil
  • Gladwrap
  • Hand soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Extra toiletries (cotton buds, cotton pads, spare toothbrush and toothpaste, feminine products)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry detergent
  • Two pillows per guest (ideally one firm, one soft)
  • Mattress protector
  • Linen for each guest bed (for longer stays 2 or more sets of linen per guest)
  • Extra pillows and blankets, especially if it’s cold
  • Bath towels (white are best, because you can always bleach them to keep them white and bright)
  • Hand towels
  • Face washers (these are very handy if you don’t want to ruin your towels with makeup)
  • Bath Mat
  • Beach towels (if relevant)
  • Iron and ironing board (steamers are also a great alternative)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Clothes drying rack and pegs
  • Vacuum
  • Portable fans
  • Dustpan / Brush
  • Mop
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Washing up liquid
  • Bins and bags (it’s great to have a separate bin in the bathroom)
  • Toilet Brush
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Carbon monoxide detector (these are not mandatory in Australia)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Fire blanket
  • Tea, coffee & milk
  • Basic pantry items (sugar, salt, spices and herbs, cooking oil)
  • Cutlery & crockery
  • Pots & pans
  • Wine glasses
  • Coasters
  • Ice cube trays or ice maker
  • BBQ essentials
  • Kettle
  • Coffee Machine
  • Microwave
  • Rice maker
  • Salad bowl
  • Serving dishes
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Self check-in (a key lockbox, keypad, smartlock)
  • WiFi
  • TV with streaming services (Netflix, Stan, Foxtel, Binge- at least one is sufficient)
  • Universal power adapter (if you have international guests)
  • Phone charger
  • Umbrella
  • Local guidebook or map
  • Coffee Table Reading Items (Books, Magazines, Travel Guides)
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Milk and drinking water in the fridge

The Extras

In addition to the basics, there are a few other items that you may want to consider providing for your guests:

  • BBQ
  • Hammock
  • Outdoor seating
  • Beach gear
  • Bicycles
  • Board games or playing cards
  • Books with ability to leave/take such as a book swap nook
  • Exercise equipment
  • Yoga mat
  • Pet friendly – feeding bowls and toys
  • Picnic Rug
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Firepit
  • Spa
  • Welcome basket with snacks and drinks
  • Freshly baked bread or other home cooked food

Family Essentials

If you have a family-friendly property, it is important to highlight this in your Airbnb profile. Additionally, make sure to incorporate these 10 family-oriented amenities to enhance the experience for your guests:

  • Porta cot
  • High chair
  • Kids toys
  • Kids plastic plates & cups
  • Bibs and extra cloths
  • Plastic covers for powerpoints
  • Safety gates
  • Baby monitor for a larger house.
  • Table corner guards
  • Change table

The Personal Touches

Finally, don’t forget to add some personal touches to your rental property. This could include things like fresh flowers, framed photos, or a welcome note from you. These small touches will make your guests feel more at home and appreciated.

How to Get Started

Now that you know what essentials you need, it’s time to start getting your rental property ready. Here are a few tips:

  1. Start by decluttering and cleaning your space.
  2. Make sure all of your appliances and fixtures are working properly.
  3. Stock up on the essential amenities.
  4. Add some personal touches.
  5. Take great photos and write a clear and concise listing description.

By following this checklist, you can make sure that your rental property is equipped with all the essential amenities that guests need. This will help you get more bookings and earn a higher income from your short-term rental business.