A fully stocked kitchen is arguably one of the biggest perks of staying in a vacation rental. Many travelers enjoy preparing their own meals on vacation, which allows them to save money, eat what they want, accommodate dietary restrictions, and eat healthier.
If you’re managing your own vacation home, make sure your kitchen is up for almost anything your guests are hungry for. While you don’t have to hunt down novelty kitchen gadgets fit for Gordon Ramsay, nothing will irritate guests more than not having something they consider a staple. Here’s a vacation rental kitchen checklist covering necessities that most guests will want and need.
Even in the smallest of vacation home kitchens, guests rely on certain appliances to cook up basic meals (or simply reheat them). Here’s what we recommend stocking to make your kitchen a fully functioning space when hunger strikes.
A general rule to follow: Provide twice the number of glasses, bowls, and plates that accommodate your vacation home’s maximum capacity. For instance, if your home sleeps 4, then provide 8 plates. This allows guests to enjoy more meals before having to run the dishwasher, while also leaving enough tableware and flatware for entertaining.
Opt for matching, minimalist dinnerware, such as all-white bowls, plates, and mugs. It’s a simple, smart way to make at-home dining feel more streamlined and sophisticated for your guests. A jumble of mismatched pieces will make every meal look messy and cluttered. Choosing matching tableware is also more efficient—you’ll find it easier to purchase replacements.
Cooking meals together is faster, easier, and a lot more enjoyable when you have the right vacation rental kitchen supplies. Provide your guests with a variety of pots and pans so they’ll be ready to create whatever they’re craving. But, first consider how much storage space you have. Start off with a non-stick pan, an essential for basic cooking, like scrambling eggs, pan-searing fish, or making pancakes. Plus, look for dishwasher-safe items and spare yourself the hassle of scrubbing off your guests’ leftovers after every stay.
This is where things can get confusing for the do-it-yourself vacation rental homeowner. There are numerous kitchen tools—some vital, some optional. It all comes down to what your guests are cooking, so provide the tools that are used most often in recipes. A quick way to make your kitchen experience more gourmet? Purchase kitchen utensils all made from the same materials, such as wood, plastic, Teflon, or stainless steel. A consistent look gives the appearance of a high-quality collection, making your guests’ experience feel even more luxurious.
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Whether it’s a BBQ on the deck or a poolside picnic, if your vacation home has opportunities for outdoor entertaining, arm your guests with sturdier kitchen tools and dinnerware so they won’t be tempted to use your indoor kitchen items. Outdoor grilling uses extreme heat, which requires utensils that are larger, more durable, and made of heat-safe metal. Plus, avoid broken glasses and plates outside by providing a set of plastic, melamine, or unbreakable tableware for alfresco dining.
Catering to families? Then consider a child’s needs when stocking your vacation rental kitchen. After all, parents (or you) don’t want their children carrying breakable plates and glasses. Similar to your outdoor dinnerware, offer plastic or unbreakable items for the little ones. It’s unlikely that parents will travel with a full tableware set for their children (or bring their own high chair), so win them over by supplying what’s needed for the whole family to dine safely together.
No guest wants to run out to buy salt or a new bottle of cooking oil, only to use a small portion and leave the rest behind. Go above and beyond to help make your guests feel at home (and not dashing off to a convenience store) by stocking on a few basic staples. It’s a major convenience that your guests will be grateful for.
Leftovers are inevitable, so supply your guests with a few ways to store their food. Plus, make it easy for them to carry meals on the go. We recommend labeling your containers clearly on the bottom so that guests don’t accidentally take them home.
Help guests keep things clean and free of germs and grime. Stock your kitchen with the essentials for wiping down countertops, tables, and other dirty surfaces. As an extra measure to keep children and pets safe, consider keeping cleaning solutions and toxic cleaners either on a high shelf or under the sink with child safety locks.
A fully stocked kitchen is the ultimate convenience for your vacation rental guests. It includes all the basic supplies and essential equipment needed to cook and serve most meals. A fully stocked kitchen doesn’t refer to food, spices, or condiments (though you can go the extra mile and provide starter amounts of staples like oil, salt, and sugar). Instead, it gives guests the tools to quickly and effortlessly create whatever culinary experience they want, from extravagant dinners to quick lunches to midnight snacks.
Today, there are endless options to satisfy every type of coffee drinker, from those who want a quick jolt of caffeine to coffee gourmands. To narrow down your choices, we recommend first considering the amount of available counter space in your kitchen and your maximum capacity. Plus, how much are you willing to spend? Traditional drip coffee makers could be best for brewing coffee for several people at a time, while pod-style coffee brewers are great if you’d like to give each guest their own choices. Just remember to provide the appropriate-sized filters, operating instructions, and a starter supply of coffee pods.
In short, yes. There are bound to be spills and crumbs in the kitchen. So, help your guests keep the space spotless and sanitized by supplying them with cleaning essentials, including sanitizing wipes, sponges, all-purpose cleaner, and paper towels.
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