How to stock a vacation rental home kitchen

Many guests choose a vacation rental over a hotel for the express purpose of preparing meals, so providing a well-stocked kitchen is key to guest satisfaction. Whether preparing a gourmet meal or just a quick on-the-go snack, guests who open the cupboard to find exactly what they need will know you’ve put careful consideration into creating an excellent experience.

Below, we’ve detailed all of the recommended items for an ideal vacation rental kitchen, not including disposable essentials like paper towels and garbage bags. It might seem like a long list, but trust us—this is one area where your added effort will go a long way with culinary-inclined guests.

Be sure to evaluate these items regularly to make sure they’re working properly and still in good condition. The only thing worse than a rental kitchen with no microwave is a guest finding out that the microwave doesn’t work just as they’re ready to eat!

Small appliances

  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee grinder
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Slow cooker
  • Rice cooker
  • Waffle iron

Dishware and glassware

  • Water glasses (1.5x max occupancy)
  • Wine glasses (1.5x max occupancy)
  • Large plates (1.5x max occupancy)
  • Small plates (1.5x max occupancy)
  • Coffee cups (1.5x max occupancy)
  • Silverware (1.5x max occupancy)
  • Plastic cups (for young children)
  • Plastic plates (for young children)
  • Pitcher
  • Serving platters (at least 2)
  • Mixing bowls/salad bowls (at least 2)
  • Plastic or glass food containers

Pots and pans

  • 1 1⁄2-quart covered saucepan
  • 3-quart covered saucepan
  • 8-quart covered stockpot
  • 4-quart covered sauté pan
  • 10-inch skillet
  • 8 1⁄2-inch skillet
  • Baking dish
  • Roasting pan
  • Cookie sheets (2)
  • Pizza pan

Other tools

  • Wine/bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Spatulas
  • Measuring cups
  • Sharp knives (at least 3)
  • Steak knives
  • Mixing spoons
  • Pancake spatula
  • Cheese grater
  • Potato masher
  • Ladles
  • Potato peeler
  • Oven gloves
  • Cutting boards (2)
  • Strainer
  • Knife sharpener
  • Beer bottle opener
  • Pizza cutter
  • Kitchen towels (set of 10)
  • Paper towel holder

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