When they’re away from home, most people want little more than a clean, comfortable place to sleep, shower, and cook some of their meals. But even though they’re willing to live simply (among the best reasons for traveling!), you should provide the basics your short-term guests will need.
One reason that travelers choose to stay in homes instead of hotels is the opportunity to cook some of their own meals without spending much of their travel budget on restaurants. Cooking facilities are super important for families with children, as well as people with special dietary needs. Check out your kitchen to make sure it has the basics that short-term guests need to prepare and serve meals.
- Enough dishware, glasses, cups, and utensils for the people in the guests’ party
- A coffeemaker, toaster or toaster oven, and, possibly, a blender
- Pots, pans, microwave cookware, knives (sharpened), cutting boards, and kitchen implements
- A platter or two, a salad bowl, and some serving bowls
- Potholders, dishtowels, and kitchen sponges
- Dishwashing soap and dishwasher liquid
Bedroom and Bathroom Basics
Unless you’re advertising your home as a “luxurious,” you don’t need Frette sheets on your beds or spa-quality towels. But the bedroom and bathroom basics are essential for guests to be comfortable.
- At least one set of pillows, sheets, pillowcases, and blankets (chosen for the season) for each bed guests will use
- At least one set of towels for each guest, with extras if they won’t have easy access to a washer and dryer, and if they have children
- In each bathroom, toilet paper, soap, a toilet brush, and basic cleaning supplies
- A hair dryer
- Basic first aid supplies, such as an antiseptic and Band-Aids
Laundry Room Basics
If you have a washer and dryer, your laundry room basics should include:
- Laundry detergent, stain remover, dryer sheets
- An iron and ironing board
- A sewing kit
Lights burn out, the power goes off, handles come loose. Provide the basics guests need to handle these situations without running to the hardware store.
- Extra light bulbs
- Flashlights, batteries, and a portable radio (in case of power failure)
- A set of tools, especially screwdrivers
Beyond the Basics
Short-term guests always appreciate extras, such as a choice of pillows and blankets; an alarm clock or clock radio; good reading lamps; a sewing kit; a deck of cards, some puzzles and games, books and DVDs; sports equipment; toys; umbrellas; some sugar, spices, oil, and vinegar; a laundry line or drying rack; a fan or two in the summer and an electric space heater in the winter.
What’s Next: Decide how to take care of things while you’re away