The Ultimate Cabin 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 your cabin management team about local requirements.

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Smoke detectors

  • Carbon monoxide detectors

  • First aid kit


  • Fridge with freezer, oven and range, dishwasher

  • Microwave

  • Coffee maker

  • Kettle

  • Trash can

  • Paper towels

  • Plastic food containers for storage

  • Extras like 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.

  • Colander

  • 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

  • Bowls

  • Flatware plus sharp steak knives

  • Glasses

  • 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

  • Lamps

  • Rugs

  • TV large enough to be seen from anywhere in the room

  • Cable TV service plus Wi-Fi

  • DVD/Blu-Ray player

  • Coasters

  • 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

  • Placemats

  • Extras like 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

  • Lamps

  • TV

  • 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 early sun.


Per guest: Two bath towels, two hand towels, 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

  • Flashlights

  • Fans

  • Charging station for phones


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

  • Tongs

  • Grill fork

  • Hot mats or oven gloves

  • Grill cleaning brush

  • Propane tank

For the ultimate advice on how to equip your cabin, talk to us today!

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