When creating the perfect Airbnb experience for your guests, you must provide some Airbnb kitchen essentials if you want your guests to feel comfortable. Not only will a well-stocked Airbnb kitchen help you stand out among the sea of the listings in your area, but it also shows your experience and thoughtfulness as a host. In fact, there are a lot of people who choose Airbnb specifically for the at-home living experience that many Airbnb properties deliver.
At some point, most travelers will want to heat some leftover restaurant food or at least make a simple meal in your kitchen. Don’t make guests work hard to find the items that they need in your kitchen. To ensure that you are prepared to meet the needs of your guests, here are the top 10 Airbnb kitchen essentials that you should make sure that you always have on hand.
1. Sharp Knives and a Cutting Board
If your kitchen has dull knives, at some point you’re going to hear about it in your Airbnb reviews. Home cooks use knives for many cooking steps and they’ll be highly frustrated if your kitchen doesn’t have quality knives.
Knife sets aren’t expensive to purchase so you won’t have trouble stocking this item for your Airbnb kitchen. Just make sure that also you replace or sharpen them periodically. Have a cutting board on hand as well so that your guests won’t end up cutting your countertops or plates.
2. Salt, Sugar, and Pepper
You can’t even enjoy a takeaway meal without these basic seasonings. Guests will be upset if they can’t find sugar for a morning cup of tea or coffee. So it would be smart to make sure that you stock these in your Airbnb kitchen.
3. Wine, Can and Bottle Openers
A wine or bottle opener is one of the first things that an exhausted guest might reach for upon arriving at your property. Make sure you’re prepared to help them relax or cook in your kitchen by having these tools on hand. You also want to make sure that you have them available so that guests don’t resort to other measures to open cans and bottles that lead to damage to your property or bodily injuries.
4. Coffee Maker
A coffee maker is a standard appliance for a hotel room. As a result, you should also make sure that you have one in your Airbnb kitchen as well. A drip coffee machine will do just fine and you can make it even better by leaving a few coffee options for your guests. Making sure that you have creamer, sugar alternative, and honey will go a long way to show how thoughtful you are as a host.
5. Oven Mitts and Pot Holders
Oven mitts and pot holders are essential for protecting the safety of your guests if they decide that they want to cook using the stove or oven. Make sure that you hang them in a highly visible place near the stove so that guests can easily find them when they’re ready to cook.
6. Fire Extinguisher
As a part of the standard safety equipment for your property, you should make sure that you stock a fire extinguisher in your Airbnb kitchen. While your guests will likely never need it, kitchen fires are common and can quickly escalate, creating a life-threatening situation. If there is a fire extinguisher on hand, there is a chance that your guests can prevent a small kitchen fire from destroying your entire property.
7. Pots and Pans
If you want your Airbnb kitchen to be well-stocked, invest in quality cookware that includes pots and pans for both the stovetop and oven. While a small pot and a large pot should suffice, make sure that you also have at least one average-size pan.
Another great idea is to have pans especially for the oven, such as a flat baking sheet, casserole dish, and a circular baking sheet. This will allow guests to prepare more than one thing at a time and choose the best cookware for the job.
8. Silverware and Utensils
Stock enough forks, spoons, and knives for the maximum amount of guests you can host at a time. You should also make sure that you have a spatula, ladle, whisk, and tongs so that guests can easily mix ingredients as they cook.
You know the basics: plates, bowls, mugs, and cups. Multiple plates and bowl sizes are also ideal to have on hand. As with the silverware, make sure that you have enough dishes for at least a family of four to ensure that everyone can eat at the same time.
Your Airbnb kitchen should have a variety of mats including anti-slip mats for the floor and a mat to go underneath the drying rack for the dishes. You might also consider purchasing trivet mats so that guests don’t place hot dishes directly on the countertop. Mats are an important part of kitchen safety that should not be overlooked.
Final Tips on Items to Stock for Your Airbnb Kitchen
Making sure that you have all of the Airbnb kitchen use items that guests might need, even if they don’t end up using them, is extremely important for keeping every type of guest satisfied. However, you also need to organize your Airbnb kitchen as well. Invest in storage racks, hooks, and other organization tools so that there is as much clear counter space as possible.
By demonstrating that every item in your kitchen has a home, you’ll make it easier for your guests to clean up when they finished cooking and avoid clutter that can lead to kitchen accidents.
Finally, don’t be afraid to add a bit of décor to your Airbnb kitchen. Adding a few decorative touches will make your kitchen seem more inviting for guests and allow them to feel relaxed enough in the space to prepare a meal if they feel like it.
Originally published at https://www.igms.com on January 16, 2019.