Essentials for Your Home

Every home is different – be it the size, location or character. Nonetheless, there are essential items that every home listed on Airbnb should possess.

Below is a list of items to consider stocking in your Airbnb. Some places simply won’t need certain items (e.g. heaters in Hawaii) but the following represents a comprehensive list that should prevent your guests from ever saying “I wish this place had a dot-dot-dot”.

For each item, you should strive to find something that satisfies the following home furnishing purchasing principles:

  • Price: Given the sea of consumer options these days, why pay more for something you can simply get for less
  • Functionality: Does the item do what your guests would want, need and expect it to do?
  • Quality: Spend the extra couple of bucks on buying items that elevate your home furnishings, amenities and hospitality standards.
  • Durability: You’re in the short-term home rental game. Make sure your purchases will withstand the test of time.
  • Replaceability: Accidents inevitably happen. How easy/hard would it be to replace that one smashed plate?
  • Neutrality: Your guests come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Pick unobjectionable colors and styles that are agreeable to most.

The following items are a curated list of home essentials that meet the above-mentioned principles…

For the Entire Home

  • Air Mattress
  • Baby Crib
  • Broom and Dustpan
  • Doormat
  • First Aid Kit
  • Grout Cleaner
  • Magic Eraser
  • Mop and Bucket
  • Multi-Device Charging Station
  • Multi-Purpose Surface Spray
  • Odor Eliminating Freshener
  • Scrub Sponges
  • Tool Kit
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Whiteboard


  • Alarm Clock
  • Bed
  • Bed Linen
  • Bedside Table
  • Blackout Curtains, Shades or Blinds
  • Drawer Chest / Dresser
  • Duvet / Comforter
  • Duvet Cover
  • Mattress Protector
  • Extra Blankets
  • Ear Plugs
  • Eye Masks
  • Full-Length Mirror
  • Fragrant Air Freshener
  • Good Pillows
  • Hangers
  • Mattress
  • Portable Fan
  • Portable Heater
  • Reading Lamp
  • Tissues
  • Tissue Box Cover
  • Throw Pillows
  • Universal Travel Electrical Adapter
  • Wall Clock


  • Air Freshener / Potpourri
  • Bath Mat
  • Bath Towels
  • Body Wash / Shower Gel
  • Disposable Razors
  • Earbuds (Q-tips)
  • Full-length Mirror
  • Hair Dryer
  • Hand Soap
  • Hand Towels
  • Hooks and Towel Racks
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Shaving Cream
  • Tissues
  • Toilet Brush
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toilet Plunger
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste Holder
  • Toothpaste
  • Trash Can


  • Aluminium Foil & Baking Paper
  • Anti-Bacterial Surface Spray
  • Bin
  • Can Opener
  • Coffee Maker and Coffee Supplies
  • Cutting Boards
  • Dinnerware Set
  • Dishwashing Soap
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Garbage Bags
  • Glassware Set
  • Hand Soap
  • Kettle
  • Knife Set
  • Microwave
  • Olive Oil
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Cling Wrap
  • Pots and Pans Set
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Silverware Set
  • Spice Rack
  • Sugar
  • Toaster
  • Tupperware Set

Living Room

  • Coffee Table
  • HD Media Player
  • Lounge Room Chairs
  • Sofa
  • Smart TV

Consider also installing cable TV and/or Streaming Media Services (e.g. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Hulu Plus)

Dining Room

  • Coasters
  • Dining Room Chairs
  • Dining Room Table
  • Napkin Holder
  • Placemats


  • Clothes Drying Rack
  • Clothes Pegs
  • Dryer
  • Fabric Softener
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Laundry Detergent and Softener
  • Laundry Hamper
  • Stain Remover
  • Washing Machine