Items needed for a Vacation Rental

Below is a list of items and links to the recommended product on Amazon


Cleaning & Maintenance


  • Refrigerator with ice maker or ice trays.  Portable ice machines work great where the freezer is without an ice maker
  • Microwave
  • Blender (avoid plastic gearing)
  • Coffee maker (10-12 cup and auto shutoff)…2 of these if house sleeps more than 12
  • Toaster
  • Oven liners (pack of 3 from amazon)
  • Electric or manual mixer
  • can opener
  • Complete set of dishesglasses and silverware for the max number the property will sleep
  • Coffee cups for the number the house sleeps
  • Basic cooking utensils (spatula, tongs, wooden spoons, etc)
  • DISHWASHER SAFE Pots & pans to cook for a group
  • 3-4 pot holders, 2 oven mitts  
  • Paper towel holder
  • Dish drying rack if no dishwasher
  • steak knives
  • paring, cutting and carving knives
  • bottle and can opener
  • wine opener (cork screw)
  • glasses: juice, cocktail, water, wine, plastic and coffee cups
  • a variety of plastic storage dishes with lids
  • pitchers
  • salt and pepper shaker
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • trivets
  • cutting boards (not wooden)
  • large salad bowl
  • coasters
  • place mats (vinyl is acceptable)
  • large and small colanders
  • pizza pan, 9 x 12 baking pan, 2 cookie sheets
  • 2 skillets (1 large with lid), 3 saucepans with lids
  • casserole dishes (1 & 2 qt. with lids)
  • spaghetti strainer


  • Grill (prefer charcoal) with good grates. 
  • Grill recommendation:  Charcoal:  Weber 22” Kettle    Propane: Weber E310 or greater
  • Recommend a grill pad under charcoal grill (especially on wood decks)
  • If charcoal, a charcoal chimney starter and ash bucket and shovel
  • Grill tools (grate brush, spatula, tongs, fork)
  • If Gas, have 2 extra full gas tanks available
  • Outdoor furniture on the decks to accommodate at least half of the max
  • Outdoor furniture on the dock to accommodate at least half of the max.  heavy ideal that won’t blow off
  • Orange life vests for guest use.

Optional but desired:

  • Decks of cards and board games for rainy days
  • Smart TVs with Netflix, Prime, etc
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Game system like XBOX or PlayStation if there is a basement or kid area
  • Guest book
  • Lilly pad, kayaks, pedal boats
  • Wifi thermostats (allows you to monitor/adjust)

If pet friendly:

  • Large crate guests can use to house pets at night or while away
  • Bowls for food and water that will not tip over.
  • A leash for walking the pet
  • Basket at door with old towels for wiping feet
  • Pooper scooper, plastic bags.