Setting up your holiday let can be both exciting and stressful. Often people ask what they need to provide in a rental before it is ready to market it. Here we outline those items that are absolute must-haves, along with those that are not essential but certainly good to include too!

Your holiday let acts as a hotel equivalent so thinking about what is provided in a hotel room is a good place to start.

Holiday Let Essential Items

Sheets and Towels

The most crucial supply for any home is their sheets and towels. Guests are spending the night so ensure that your sheets are comfy and your towels are fluffy. We have had many comments on the quality of our sheets and mattresses and having less than satisfactory items can really damage your reviews. We opt for white in our rentals as it gives a crisp clean feel but it is sensible to get some washcloths in a darker colour to keep makeup stains at bay.


It is always important to stock toilet paper and hand soap for your guests. We recommend a couple of rolls per bathroom for a weekend stay and a couple of extra for a week-long stay. Making sure that your soap stays topped up is a must.


Depending on the number of people your property sleeps, you will always want to make sure you have an adequate supply of dinnerware. Make sure you have enough plates, bowls, cutlery, cups, glasses etc to serve the maximum amount of guests your property can hold, plus a few extra for breakages. A full set of pots and pans is a good idea, and most of all, make sure you have a kettle and a coffee maker.

Cleaning Items

Whilst cleaning before and after can take care of most of the cleaning of the property, you should supply some cleaning supplies for your guests. Dish soap, a sponge, bin liners, a broom and a dustpan and brush should all be ready for guests to use.


If you have a place to hang clothes at the property, make sure you supply an adequate amount of hangers. It’s good to have hangers that match but just make sure you have enough.

Safety Supplies

There are regulations in the UK that require you to make regular safety checks on your holiday let. For that, you need working smoke alarms and preferably a fire extinguisher, one on every floor. First aid kits are not required by law, but it’s certainly a good amenity to have if you are renting out your holiday let to guests.


Wifi has become essential to holiday lets. Without offering that service, you are unlikely to see a full calendar of bookings. Many people travel for work and need to have access to wifi in their rental property. Make sure you have a good service and connection all over the house by adding some boosters for large or tall properties.

Non-Essential Items for A Holiday Let

There are many items that are not essential in order to list your holiday let but they are certainly nice to have. Below is our list of those:

  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Desk space
  • Kitchen roll
  • Dishwasher tablets (if applicable)
  • Body soap/shampoo/conditioner
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Iron and board
  • Luggage racks
  • Hairdryer
  • Salt/pepper
  • Cooking oil
  • Beach towels (if applicable)
  • Information book
  • Games/entertainment

Whether you are looking to furnish your property to the highest standard or just to make your guests comfortable, you must ensure to have all of the essentials ready and waiting. If you want the added luxuries then even better!

At Simple Getaway, we are here to help you in setting up your holiday let in addition to managing it. If you want us to take care of all the setup, we can certainly do that too, just contact us and we will work on a plan.