Finally, you’ve just purchased your first vacation rental and now the fun part begins.  Prepping your new property for excited travelers to enjoy and reaping the benefits of your hard work.  Unless you are a professional property manager, it can seem daunting to decide what amenities to include, as well as what sets you apart from the competition.  We’ve compiled a list of all “Vacay Standard” amenities to include, plus many optional ideas that create a fantastic guest experience.  

What is the Vacay Standard exactly?  Here is a list of amenities that are expected in most vacation rentals to ensure an optimal experience.  This would be the starting point for any vacation rental property.  

  • Dishes, glasses & silverware for the total number of guests
  • Cooking utensils (pots, baking pans, bowls, measuring cups, spatulas, pot holders, wine opener, can opener, bottle opener, cutting board, colander)
  • Refrigerator, freezer & ice trays or ice maker
  • High speed internet (bonus if you’re able to display exact speeds in your listing)
  • Oven, microwave & stove or cooktop
  • Bed linens & 2 pillows adequate for each guest
  • Bath & kitchen towels – adequate for total number of guests
  • Safety equipment – smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm & fire extinguisher
  • Climate control (bonus for smart thermostat)
  • Small appliances: coffee maker, coffee grinder, toaster, waffle maker & blender
  • Garbage & recycling cans
  • Hair dryer
  • Ironing board & iron
  • Clothes hangers
  • Washer, dryer & laundry detergent
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Vacuum, broom & mop
  • Toilet brush & plunger
  • Paper towels & toilet paper
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Hot water heater
  • Shower & bathtub

What about above and beyond the Vacay Standard as well as stocking your property with non-perishable items that are regularly used?  Here’s a ideas to get you started: 


  • Coffee (grounds, pods or whatever is needed for your specific coffee maker’s requirements)
  • Coffee filters (if needed)
  • Sugar
  • Tea
  • Salt & pepper
  • Cooking Oil
  • Cleaning sponges
  • Dish soap & dishwasher detergent 
  • Garbage bags
  • Hand soap
Woman Pouring Coffee on Vacation at a Vacation Property Rental


  • First aid kit
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Ear plugs
  • Propane (if applicable)
  • Sunscreen or bug spray

What if you’d really like to WOW your guests?  We have some fantastic ideas to create the ultimate 5-star experience:

  • Robes
  • Local beer or bottle of wine
  • Chocolate or candy basket
  • Cocktail mixers
  • Basic perishables at check-in (milk, butter, eggs, fruit, creamer)
  • Local artist artwork (available for purchase)
  • Wine and coffee specific glassware
  • High chair, booster seat, crib, spare diapers and other kid-friendly items
  • Complimentary TV streaming services
  • Smart locks
  • Phone charging stations
  • Board games, puzzles and playing cards
  • Pet friendly amenities (food & water bowls, treats, spare leash, waste bags)
  • Sports equipment (balls, cornhole, ping pong)
  • Outdoor speakers

While many vacation rentals do not include extras, your guests will appreciate these small details.  By considering your guests’ needs, you’ll make them feel more relaxed at home, resulting in a memorable vacation.