Smoky Mountain Vacation Rental Owners

Posted on 6/15/2022

The Ultimate Vacation Rental Inventory Checklist

You’re ready for guests--and the income they bring. You want guests to have a memorably relaxing experience, so stock everything they’ll need for a hassle-free stay. This checklist helps you prepare for guests and also gives you an inventory so you know if anything is used up, broken, or missing later.

This inventory checklist includes essentials, like safety basics and appliances, and extras like a DVD collection or toiletries. Talk to the cabin management experts at Colonial Properties Cabin and Resort Rentals to find out more about features to keep guests coming back again and again!


Rental regulations will require certain safety features, but it’s helpful to include them on your personal inventory too. Talk to our Owner Success Team about local requirements.

Fire extinguishers
Smoke detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors
First aid kit


Fridge with freezer, oven and range, dishwasher
Coffee maker
Trash can
Paper towels
Plastic food containers for storage
Extras like a toaster oven, toaster, food processor, blender, etc.
Kitchen: Food Prep and Cleanup
Skillets/frying pans
Saucepans with lids
Roaster with lid
Casserole dishes
Cookie sheets
Cake pans
Cutting board and sharp knives for cooking
Mixing bowls
Rolling pin
Spatulas, cooking spoons, peelers, turners, tongs, kitchen scissors, etc.
Measuring spoons and cups
Drink pitcher
Can opener
Potholders or oven mitts
Ice cream scoop
Bottle opener/corkscrew
Dish brush/sponges
Dishwasher detergent

Kitchen: Serving and Eating

For each guest, have a minimum of two of everything--two dinner plates, two small plates, two cereal/soup bowls, two forks, etc. No one wants to wash dishes after every meal.

Serving platter
Serving spoons/forks
Plates, large and small
Flatware plus sharp steak knives
Coffee mugs/cups
Wine glasses

Living Room

Ample seating for the number of guests your cabin sleeps: Couches, loveseats, chairs
Coffee table and side tables
TV large enough to be seen from anywhere in the room
Cable TV service plus Wi-Fi
DVD/Blu-Ray player
Extras: DVDs, board games, cards, books
Coat hangers and/or hooks, if there’s a coat closet

Dining Area

Table and chairs: Be sure you have enough mealtime seating for the total number of guests your cabin can accommodate.
Area rug
Extras like a table runner, tablecloths, etc.


Beds, storage like chests of drawers etc., of course, but don’t forget details like coathangers! This list is what to stock in each bedroom:
Mattress protector
Sheets -- two sets
Blankets and/or comforters -- two, one on the bed, one stored in the bedroom
Pillows -- two per guest
Alarm clock
Sturdy clothes hangers
Curtains, shades, blinds. How much sunlight comes into the room early in the morning? Add the right window coverings so guests who prefer to sleep in won’t be roused by the early sun.


Per guest: Two bath towels, two hand towels, and two washcloths.
Per bathroom:
Toilet paper
Toilet brush
Trash can
Non-slip mat for inside tub/shower
Floor mat outside tub/shower

Cleaning and Maintenance

Trash bags
Broom and dustpan
Vacuum and extra bags if needed
Washer and dryer
Toilet plunger
Charging station for phones


If you provide a grill, get heavy-duty grill versions of these items:

Grill fork
Hot mats or oven gloves
Grill cleaning brush
Propane tank

For the ultimate advice on how to equip your cabin, talk to one of our Owner Success Team members today!

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