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! 


Certain rental regulations will require certain safety features, but here are the basics.

  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke detectors
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • First aid kit 


  • Fridge with freezer, oven and range, dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Kettle
  • Trash can 
  • Plastic food containers for storage
  • Extras like a toaster oven, toaster, food processor, blender, etc.

Kitchen Supplies: 

  • 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
  • Cloth kitchen towels, at least two
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Bottle opener/corkscrew

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.

  • 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

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


Beds, storage like chests of drawers, etc. This list is what to stock in each bedroom: 

  • Mattress protector
  • Blankets and/or comforters -- two, one on the bed, one stored in the bedroom
  • Pillows -- two per guest
  • Lamps 
  • TV 
  • Alarm clock 
  • Cell phone/device charging ports on the bedside
  • 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 bathroom:

  • Toilet brush
  • Trash can
  • Floor mat outside tub/shower
  • Plunger

Cleaning and Maintenance:

  • Broom and dustpan
  • Vacuum (if carpeting is in the cabin)
  • Washer and dryer
  • Toilet plunger
  • Fans
  • Charging station for phones


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

  • Tongs
  • Grill fork
  • Grill cleaning brush
  • Propane tank for gas grill
  • Ash bucket for charcoal grill
  • Weather-resistant outdoor furniture