While we are not talking about lush cashmere robes, providing basic amenities will not only delight your guests, but earn you some brownie points for the effort you have put in to go that extra mile!
We live in such a connected world, where everyone is used to having access at their fingertips. It’s become such a travel essential that we’ve pushed this to the top of the list! if you’re worried about costs, ensure that you work it into your prices accordingly.
2) Universal Travel Adapters:
One of the most easily forgotten items when travelling is the simple universal adapter. There’s nothing more frustrating when arriving as a guest and realizing that’s exactly what you’ve done! Have a few adapters around the main switches in your property and include a note in your Welcome Guide to remind guests to return them for the next guests.
3) First Aid Kit:
Accidents can happen anytime, and anywhere, so it’s always best to be prepared! Kit it out with the basics – plasters, anti-bacterial swabs, gauze, scissors and burn cream. Antihistamines and paracetamol are also good to include for headaches and allergies. If you stay in an area prone to typhoons and natural disasters, step it up and also include flashlight and candles alongside the first-aid kit!
4) Toiletries (Toilet rolls, soap and shampoo):
Some basic toilet roll and mini-sized toiletries will be appreciated on the first day, when your guests have not yet had the time to pop into the supermarket to buy supplies!
Let’s face it, most of us won’t be stuffing a hair dryer in our suitcase when we travel. Neither do we want wet and flat hair, especially during certain seasons! You can find a hairdryer as cheap as $20 in supermarkets, and it will not go unappreciated!
6) Ironing Board:
It’s easy to overlook the importance of an iron and a board once we have folded them up in our suitcases. But trust us, it will come in handy for that night out in town that required one to look presentable!
7) Non-perishable food items – Coffee, Tea, Creamer, Biscuits:
You don’t necessarily need to provide these for their entire stay, but a starter pack will help to take the edge of a long day of traveling! This is especially helpful if you have many guests who arrive either early in the morning or late, when most shops are closed!
8) Kitchenware & Utensils:
Booking out your whole home will also mean it includes a functional kitchen. And without any sort of kitchenware or utensils, it’s basically just wasted space…and we don’t want that! Even if you don’t cook yourself, you can’t go wrong with the standard: plates, bowls, cups, glasses and utensils. Not sure how many sets? Four is a good number for a standard family/group holiday – but having more won’t hurt!
9) Seasoning – Salt, Pepper, Sugar:
One of the biggest tragedies while cooking on holiday is, to me, forgetting the seasoning! Because they are such day-to-day essentials, we often tend to overlook them when shopping at the supermarket. Hence, do keep some salt and spices in the kitchen cupboard for emergencies. They also tend to have a longer shelf life, so you don’t need to worry about replacing them too often!
10) Cleaning & Maintenance Tools:
Unlike hotels with daily housekeeping, most of our guests will have to tend to the general cleanliness themselves, so it’s a good idea to equip them with the tools to do so! At the very least, do store a broom, dustpan, mop and pail for that accidental mess!