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Airbnb Checklist: 15+ Items to Stock in Your Airbnb Kitchen

Are you missing any of these essentials that Superhosts keep stocked in their Airbnb kitchens? You won’t want to miss this one!

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As a new host, it’s hard to know what’s truly worth investing in in your Airbnb kitchen. Do my guests expect me to provide drinks upon arrival? Snacks? Breakfast staples? The truth is, every guest expects and wants different things; there’s no way to perfectly predict what every single guest wants and provide it before their stay (nor should you; that would be way too expensive!).

Instead, focus on providing what the majority of guests expect and a few things that will pleasantly surprise them (that’s how you consistently bring in 5-star reviews!). Read on for 15+ crucial items that fit the bill and should be stocked in your Airbnb kitchen at all times.

(If you’re looking for a FULL room-by-room checklist with EVERYTHING you need to set up your new Airbnb, check out this blog post: The Best Room-By-Room Airbnb Checklist: 100+ Essential Items.)

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Airbnb Checklist: 15+ Essential Items to Keep Stocked in Your Airbnb Kitchen

  1. Coffee

Instead of leaving out a huge welcome basket filled to the brim with snacks, a much more economical way to show guests you appreciate them is by leaving 1-3 days’ worth of coffee out for them in a cute coffee canister when they arrive. When they find this surprise right after checking in, they’ll know you truly care about them having a great stay. Many guests will also love that they don’t have to run to the store right after check-in to make sure they get their coffee fix the next morning.

  1. Coffee filters

Speaking of coffee, if you provide a coffee maker (one of the cooking essentials I highly recommend), then providing filters for that coffee maker is an absolute non-negotiable.

  1. Tea bags

Like coffee, many guests appreciate when hosts provide tea, which makes it another non-essential item that really shows guests you care.

  1. Napkins

After they sit down at the dinner table, most guests will reach for a napkin, so providing these inexpensive disposable napkins is a no-brainer. (If you’re considering providing cloth napkins instead, I would recommend against this–they’ll be more work to clean, keep track of, and will inevitably get stained.)

  1. Paper towel

Similarly, many guests will expect you to have paper towels ready when they realize they’ve spilled something, need to wipe up the floor, or want to take a snack to go. These inexpensive and high-quality paper towels are a great option.

  1. Salt & pepper

These small salt and pepper grinders are a great replacement for traditional shakers because they are high-quality and don’t need to be refilled. I also like to provide this bulk salt and bulk pepper for cooking; another very inexpensive way to add a thoughtful touch.

  1. Other basic seasonings

Guests need more than just salt and pepper when it comes time to cook, so supplying a few basic seasonings goes a long way!

  1. Olive oil & balsamic vinegar

Buying in bulk is key to saving money when stocking olive oil and vinegar for your guests, which they’ll really appreciate when they don’t want to buy their own oil for cooking or forget to pick up a salad dressing at the store.

  1. Refillable bottles

If you do provide cooking supplies that need to be refilled, like olive oil and vinegar, putting them in these inexpensive glass bottles is another great way to signal that your Airbnb is high quality and beautiful. Just make sure to label them so guests know what they are right away.

  1. Dish detergent

If your Airbnb has a dishwasher, providing dish detergent is an absolute non-negotiable. Big jugs of liquid detergent like this one are much more economical than individual pods.

  1. Jet Dry

This is a small detail and not a total necessity, but I like to provide a rinse aid like Jet Dry, which is a small investment that keeps the dishes at my Airbnb in great shape.

  1. Trash bags

Ensuring your guests have more than enough trash bags for their entire stay (I just leave out the entire roll) is a must-do. This is a small, very inexpensive thing to do that prevents your guests from feeling frustrated when they run out of trash bags and prevents you from scrambling last minute to give them more mid-stay.

  1. Dish soap

I highly recommend putting your dish soap in a reusable bottle (with these cute labels) for a thoughtful touch! Guests also really appreciate hand soap at the kitchen sink.

  1. Sponges

Sponges get replaced often at Airbnbs, so make sure you keep plenty of these high-quality and inexpensive sponges on hand at all times.

  1. Ziploc bags, plastic wrap, and aluminum foil

Small details like ziploc bags, plastic wrap, and aluminum foil are rare to find in an Airbnb but an essential in nearly every family! When your guests go searching for one of these essentials, they’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that you keep them well stocked. It’s all in the details!


Great work getting everything you need to ensure your guests have a wonderful, 5-star stay and are ecstatic to stay with you again (and again and again)!

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