Airbnb Essentials – Must-Have Items for Your Listing

Airbnb essentials

There are many ways to deliver a great guest experience as an Airbnb host, but some are easier than others.

Sometimes, having the right item in your Airbnb listing can make all the difference.

Besides the obvious items to stock, here is a list of other items that hosts tend to forget.  And guests won’t notice if you have them, until they need them. And they’ll appreciate it.

Do you have these other Airbnb essentials for your listing?

Airbnb Essentials: Safety First

Many of the other essential items are essential for a great guest experience but these first few items are MUST for guest safety.  If you do not have ALL of these items in your listing, you’re putting your guests and your Airbnb operation at risk.

[su_box title=”Must Have Safety Items for Your Listing”]Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors (Get both or combo alarm)

Simple Smoke Alarm

Simple Carbon Monoxide Detector

Combination Smoke Carbon Monoxide Detector

Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Fire Extinguisher (At least 1)

Kidde 4LB Fire Extinguisher

First Alert Standard Fire Extinguisher

First Aid Kit

299 Piece First Aid Kit

Non Slip Bathtub Mat to Prevent Falls

Non Slip Clear Bath Mat

Fire Escape (if applicable)

Kidde 3 Story Fire Escape[/su_box]

Airbnb Essentials: Amazon TV Stick or Roku

There is NO excuse if you’re subjecting your guests to watching the local news channels during their stay with you.  If weather or plan changes force a guest to spend some extra time in your listing, give them the option to relax and catch up on your Netflix or Amazon Prime shows.

As of October 2017, it is estimated that there are close to 100M Netflix subscribers and over 80M Amazon Prime members.  Do you really want to potentially annoy and leave a bad taste with your guests when this could be EASILY addressed?

For as little as $20 during Black Friday, grab at LEAST one of these for your unit.  For larger listings with multiple TV’s, you may want to have one for each TV.

[su_box title=”Get Latest Roku or Amazon TV Stick”]

For non 4K TVs:

New Amazon TV Stick w/ Alexa Voice Remote

New Roku Express

For 4K TVs:

New 4K Roku

New Amazon 4K Fire TV


Airbnb Essentials: A Working HDTV

Unless part of your listing’s appeal is an escape from the modern world, all guests expect there to be a TV from this century in your listing.  But you don’t need to have anything fancy.  You just need one that works and can access Netflix.

Here are highly rated and highly affordable TVs for your Airbnb listing (these range from as low as $148 up to $500 for 4K model).

[su_box title=”Smart TV Buys”]For Bedrooms/Small Studios:

Toshiba 32″ Smart LED TV – with Fire TV

Sceptre Ultra Slim 32″ inch HDTV

TCL 32″ 1080P Smart LED TV with Roku

For LivingRooms:

2018 TCL 40S305 40″ Roku Smart LED TV

Sceptre 55″ 4K LED TV icon

Toshiba 55″ 4K LED TV

TCL 55″ 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV icon[/su_box]

Airbnb Essentials: The Right WIFI Router

It’s safe to assume your guests will be using your WIFI access.  But what’s the point of having high speed internet if your router is a bottleneck?  As demand for bandwidth continues to rise due to higher consumption of video content and the use of multiple devices, you’ll need the right router for to meet these demands.

If you’re not on an 802.11AC rated router, you need an upgrade.  But it’s not just enough that you get an AC router, you need to get one that is well suited for the size of your listing.

Here are the best buys for WIFI routers that’ll keep your guests and your wallet happy:

[su_box title=”AC WIFI Routers”]For Studios and 1 Bedroom Listings ($)

Tenda AC1200 Dual Band WiFi Router

TP-Link AC1200

For 2-3 Bedroom Listings ($$)

Linksys AC1750 Dual Band

Linksys AC1900 Dual Band

For 4 Bedroom or Larger Listings ($$$)

Linksys WRT AC3200 Smart Wirelsss Router

Linksys Max Tream Tri Band


Airbnb Essentials: Coffee

Even if you’re not a coffee drinker, chances are excellent that many of your guests will be.  A good cup of coffee can go a long way to starting the days off right for a travel weary guest.

And you don’t need fancy $1000 expresso machines to do that.   Some choice roasted beans you can order in bulk along with some tried and true coffee tools will satisfy most your guests.

Have one simple coffee maker along with a french press but get WHOLE beans and a grinder.  Why? Those who really want coffee will appreciate the quality items and those who don’t really want it won’t go through the trouble of making coffee.  Plus, having whole roasted coffee beans (with an airtight container for storing) and a french press is something you could add to your listing description as an added bonus to appeal to those coffee snobs.

Here are the top recommended coffee essentials for your Airbnb listing:

[su_box title=”Coffee Essentials”]Simple Coffee Maker (Get 1)

Mr Coffee 12 Cup Coffee Maker

Add a French Press (Get 1)

Coffee Maker French Press SterlingPro

French Press Coffee Maker 304 Stainless Steel

Secura Stainless Steel French Press

Other Items

Krups Coffee and Spice Grinder

Koffee Kult Dark Roast Coffee Beans (Guest Favorite!)

Airtight Glass Jar (for storing coffee beans)

For Coffee Snob Guests


Airbnb Essentials:  Phone Charging Cables & Digital Clock

Besides having the bed essentials to deliver a great sleep experience, there are two simple items that guests will appreciate: extra phone charger cables and a digital alarm clock.

Guests forget to bring their phone chargers all the time.  What is a cheap purchase for you could save your guests from the headaches of having to find a store and purchase overpriced charging cables.

?Have at least ONE multi-charging USB cable for EACH bedroom.

[su_box title=”Multi Charging USB Cables”] 6 in 1 Multi USB Charing Cable

Two Pack 4 in 1 Charging Cable [/su_box]

And don’t force your guests to have to check their phones every time they want to know the time.  Instead, put a simple digital clock in each bedroom as well.

[su_box title=”Recommended Digital Alarm Clocks”] Simple RCA Digital Alarm Clock ($)

Travelwey Home LED Digital Alarm Clock ($$)

Philips Wake UP Light Alarm Clock Sunrise Simulation ($$$)[/su_box]

Airbnb Essentials:  Often Forgotten Items

These are the most often forgotten items that hosts forget to add to their listing.  These are not optional!

But don’t waste money on getting anything fancy. Reliable and affordable versions are all you need.

[su_box title=”Don’t Forget These Items!”]A Dryer

Conair Mid Size Dryer ($)

Revlon Infrared Hair Dryer ($$)

An Iron

Nonstick Steam Iron

A Straightener

Remington Pro Straightener

A Curler

Remington Pro Curling Wand

Wifi Enable Printer (for printing boarding passes!)

Canon MX492 Wireless All In One Printer ($)

HP OfficeJet 3830 All In One Wireless Printer ($$) [/su_box]

Just put yourself in the shoes of a guest and imagine you’ve traveled to a new town (or even new country!) and you’ve just checked into your Airbnb listing–which of these items would make a difference in your stay if it weren’t in the listing?

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