Holiday Let Inventory List | 101 Essentials to Consider

Ensuring your holiday home is stocked with essential items can enhance the overall guest experience resulting in positive reviews, repeat bookings, and happy guests. Use this holiday let inventory list from our experts to determine the holiday home essentials your property needs. Our holiday letting experts give you everything you need to know to provide your guests with a comfortable and well-equipped space.

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What to include in a holiday let inventory list

Creating a comprehensive holiday let inventory list is essential for making sure your property is well-prepared for guests.
In the following sections, we’ll break down the essential items you should include in each room of your holiday home. From the living room to the garden, we’ll cover all the bases to help you create a welcoming and enjoyable space for your guests.
Some of these suggestions might seem obvious but we have found keeping a comprehensive list in one place is very helpful indeed!

Living room holiday home essentials

living room holiday home essentials include this grey sofa with blue pillows, well lit with overhead lamp, wooden table, green throw and drawers for storage.

The living room is the heart of your holiday home, where guests gather to relax, unwind, and socialise. To create a cosy and inviting atmosphere, make sure to include:
  • Comfortable seating (sofas, chairs, cushions)
  • Coffee table
  • Side tables
  • Entertainment system (TV, DVD player, streaming services)
  • Board games
  • Books and bookshelf
  • Blankets and throws
  • Ambient lighting and table lamps
  • Decorative bowls for storage and style
  • Houseplants (optional)

More living room design tips.

Holiday home inventory list for the kitchen

holiday home inventory list for the kitchen with wooden floor, kitchen table, sleek kitchen counters, oven, coffee tea houseplants on the windowsill

The kitchen is a central hub for guests to prepare meals and enjoy moments together. Stock your kitchen with the following items to meet your guests’ needs. We’ve broken this into essential cooking accessories, appliances, dinnerware and basic cooking ingredients for your guests.

Cooking accessories and essentials

  • Pots and pans (of varying sizes)
  • Utensils (spatulas, ladles, knives, chopping boards)
  • Peeler
  • Masher
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Baking sheets and ovenware
  • Pizza trays
  • Ice cube trays (or a fridge with in built ice maker)
  • Mixing bowls and measuring cups
  • Tin foil
  • Baking paper
  • Cling film
  • Fire extinguisher and fire blanket


  • Stove and oven
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Coffee maker or cafetiere
  • Mop and bucket
  • Dustpan and brush


  • Plates, bowls, and serving dishes
  • Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons)
  • Glassware (glasses, mugs)
  • Bottle opener
  • Corkscrew
  • Pantry

Basic cooking ingredients (salt, pepper, oil, spices)

  • Coffee, tea, and sugar
  • Condiments such as ketchup, bbq sauce, brown sauce, mustard
  • Basic spices
  • Cleaning supplies (dish soap, sponge, towels)

Get more kitchen refurbishment tips here.

Bedroom essentials

bedroom essentials for a holiday home include a side table with flowers and a lamp, large in built wardrobe, comfortable bed with brown duvet and throw pillows and white headboard

A good night’s sleep is essential for any guest. Outfit your bedrooms with these essentials:
  • Comfortable beds with clean linen
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Bedside tables
  • Lamps
  • Alarm clock
  • Wardrobes and dressers
  • An electric fan in summer and hot water bottles in winter
  • Mirror (consider a full length wall mirror)
  • Sufficient coat hangers
  • You may also consider supplying phone chargers

Get more bedroom essential tips.

Bathroom essentials

this white minimalist bathroom essentials for a holiday let property, two sinks, under sink storage, walk in shower and separate bath. Heated towel rack too.

Provide your guests with a well-stocked bathroom to ensure their comfort:
  • Towels (bath and hand towels)
  • Towel rack (consider getting a heated one)
  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush holders
  • Soap dispensers
  • Toilet paper and toilet brush
  • A shower caddy to hold bottles etc.
  • Hairdryer
  • Mirror (ensuring it is heated can help to avoid it fogging up)
  • A small bin
  • Bathroom storage boxes / baskets

Get more bathroom refurbishment tips.

Inventory list for your garden

garden essentials include a shed for storing the bbq, firepit and toys if your holiday let is child friendly, consider a herb garden, this garden has a stone patio and wild flowers with trellis for plants to grow.

If your holiday let includes a garden or outdoor space, make it inviting with these items:
  • Outdoor dining table and chairs
  • Sun loungers
  • An outdoor sofa or swing seat
  • BBQ and tools
  • Outdoor lighting
  • An outdoor heater for colder nights
  • Fire pit with matches, logs, fire lighters
  • Storage shed
  • A brush
  • A selection of herbs for your guests to use
  • Gardening tools (if applicable)

In a child-friendly holiday let

children playing with a puzzle on the sofa with their brown dog in a holiday home

For families traveling with children, consider providing:
  • High chair
  • Travel cot
  • Children’s books and toys
  • Toy box
  • Baby-proofing essentials
  • Trampoline
  • Plastic cups, cutlery, plates and bowls
  • Paddling pool (if applicable)
  • A games console for rainy days



Essentials for a pet-friendly holiday let

cat and dog in a holiday home, converted farm house

If your property is pet-friendly, cater to furry friends with the following:


  • Dog beds
  • Food and water bowls
  • Leads
  • Poo bags
  • Information about local pet-friendly spots such as secure dog parks and fields




  • Litter box and litter
  • Scratching post or cat tree
  • Food and water bowls
  • Information about local pet-friendly spots and catteries

Special features and extra considerations

improve holiday let with a hot tub (1)

Enhance your guests’ experience with special features and extra items, such as:
  • Hot tub
  • Fire pit and wood
  • Pizza oven
  • Telescope for stargazing
  • Paddling pool for kids
  • Torches and candles
  • Picnic blanket
  • Extra phone chargers
  • Outdoor lighting


Final thoughts about holiday home essentials

By ensuring your holiday let is well-equipped with these essentials, you’re setting the stage for a fantastic guest experience in St. Andrews. Paying attention to the details and anticipating your guests’ needs will lead to positive reviews, repeat bookings, and a successful holiday home venture. Happy hosting! If you are considering a holiday let agency, don’t miss our article covering how to choose the best letting agent for your holiday home.
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