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Airbnb Essentials – Must-Have Items for Your Listing

Tips & Education for Airbnb Hosts

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.

With the holiday season coming up, now it’s the best time to stock up on your Airbnb essentials–the must-have items that EVERY Airbnb listing needs to have.

Many of these items are already at Black Friday sales prices!

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.

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

Kidde ProLine 5LB Fire Extinguisher icon

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

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.

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).


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:

AC WIFI Routers
For Studios and 1 Bedroom Listings ($)

AC1200 Dual Band Smart Wireless Router icon

TP-Link AC1200

For 2-3 Bedroom Listings ($$)

Linksys AC1750 Dual Band

Linksys AC1900 Dual Band

For 4 Bedroom or Larger Listings ($$$)

NetGear Nighthawk Tri Band

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:

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 over priced charging cables.

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

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.

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.

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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