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    15 Must Haves in Your Vacation Rental

    Spring is finally upon us, and before you know it, it’ll be vacation season! If you own a rental in the Jersey Shore, you’re going to want it to stand apart from other area rentals. One way to accomplish this is to have stellar amenities for guests.

    While there isn’t much you can do to improve your rental’s location or make it more spacious, you can ensure repeat customers, word-of-mouth referrals, and high ratings by including these essentials. While these may feel excessive, they’re guaranteed to make your rental feel like a home away from home.

    1. Cable and Wifi- Very few renters truly want to unplug completely. Ensure the internet is reliable and the cable TV options are plentiful.
    2. Games- Board games, cards, and puzzles are all fun extras for travelers hoping to entertain their group during downtime or rainy days. A few options can go a long way.
    3. Toiletries- Although no one expects to see travel toiletries in their AirBnB, it’s a great touch. Hand soap is a hygiene essential at all sinks throughout the home. Travel sized shampoo, conditioner, body wash, disposable razors, toothbrushes, and feminine products are a nice addition to your rental bathroom.
    4. Kitchen Cooking Tools- A variety of pots, pans, cookie sheets, cooking utensils, knives, cutting boards, and dishes are important to keep on hand in your kitchen. While most travelers won’t need a five star kitchen, some vacationers love to spend their free time cooking up their favorite dishes. Ensure basic recipes can be cooked with the items in your kitchen.
    5. Essential Kitchen Appliances- A coffee maker, toaster, and possibly a blender are all necessities for many travelers. Think about the everyday appliances you use for your meals. Guests will appreciate access to these basic items.
    6. Towels- Of course you’ll stock the bathroom with bath towels, but it’s also a great idea to throw in a nice selection of washcloths and hand towels. Make sure to also have a variety of kitchen towels available.
    7. Plenty of Pillows- Everyone sleeps differently. There’s no way to know how many a guest will require. Ensure lots of backup pillows are available to your visitors.
    8. Cleaning Supplies- It’s impossible to stay in a home without making a few messes. Make sure your rental features an all-purpose cleaner for guests. Dish soap, laundry detergent, and dishwashing detergent are other amenities that guests can appreciate during their stay.
    9. Area Info- Have a laminated copy of local emergency numbers and other useful information ready for guests. List your favorite local haunts and fun ideas for out-of-towners to check out during their visit.
    10. Beach Essentials- Beach towels and a few fun items for the beach are a great way to show hospitality. Some  beach chairs, a cooler, and a few sand toys for visiting children will make your rental stand apart.
    11. Paper Products- Toilet paper, facial tissue, and paper towels are all essentials we use daily, so keep these items available. If you want to go the extra mile, include some paper plates and disposable cutlery for days when washing dishes isn’t on the agenda.
    12. Relaxing Reads- Keep a small library of beach reads. A handful of titles can be a fun way to pass the time in the sun for your renters.
    13. Writing Supplies- A small notebook and a few pens in a central location are things every hotel room includes. While it’s not something a visitor may expect, it’s something they’ll appreciate when the time comes to jot down a quick note.
    14. A Welcome Bag- A small bag featuring local brochures, snack items, water bottles, and maybe a few treats from a local destination can make your rental soar above the rest.
    15. A Household Handbook- Your vacation home has rules, special instructions, and countless things a visitor may overlook. Include a small booklet featuring this information. Include the location of amenities, emergency exits, wifi passwords, and operating instructions for electronics. This can the new space less intimidating.

    It doesn’t take much to make your rental stand apart. Try adding these essential items to your vacation home this summer season. It could be the edge you need to make your home stand apart from the rest!

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