When you walk through the door of your adorable AirBnB rental, you never know what you may find. The photos might have looked perfect online, but anything can look perfect with the help of Photoshop. There are a few things you can bring to spruce up your rental and help it feel more like home.
When planning vacations, Chad and I often times will rent a condo or guest house through Airbnb instead of staying at a traditional hotel. We love staying in neighborhoods because you can live like a local while on vacation. For example, when we visited LA last year, we stayed in a guest house in Los Feliz. We were a quick walk away from shops, restaurants and bars in trendy Silver Lake. While our experiences with AirBnB have been positive, at times we have been surprised by the lack of amenities included. Here are a few things we recommend bringing on your next vacation:
Kitchen – Chad and I don’t do a lot cooking on vacation, but we like to put together simple breakfasts and lunches when traveling. Bringing a few extra items with us would have made things easier and save a little extra money.
- saran wrap
- ziplock bags/containers
- chip clips
- dish soap
Paper Goods – Recently, our condo only came with one roll of toilet paper. We ran right to the store to pick up more because we didn’t want to risk running out. Having plenty of paper goods on vacation is key.
- paper towels
- paper plates
- toilet paper
Bathroom – They might have soap and shampoo at a hotel, but you are typically on your own when you rent a condo.
- hair dryer
- hand soap
I also highly recommend bringing a travel candle or picking up some flowers to spruce up a rental. It makes it feel more like home. Of course you can pick most of these items up in a local grocery or drug store, but if you are in a large city or at the beach, many of these items will cost more. Plus, putting an extra roll or two of toilet paper in your suitcase doesn’t take much space up at all.
Have you ever used AirBnB or another similar service? What have you found are must brings for rentals?