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Most of us have stayed in a hotel at some point in our lives. We know how nice it can be to be provided with a few creature comforts after a long day away from home. As Airbnb hosts, our job is to go above and beyond the typical impersonal “hotel room” feel and give our guests a rental experience that is a real treat.
The things that belong in the bathroom of your Airbnb might seem common sense at first, but it’s important to remember that we’re going to need to go above and beyond just the basics in order to provide that Superhost-worthy experience for our guests.
What are the 37 Airbnb Bathroom Essentials that Hosts Should Have?
Shower and Tub:
- Handwritten sign
Keep reading to find in-depth explanations of why you should be sure to include these items in your Airbnb!
Shower and Tub Essentials
Having nice towels can truly make or break a special rental experience. Fortunately, towels are something that you don’t have to spend a fortune on in order to get something high quality. This set could easily be split into two sets so you won’t be caught without fresh linens on hand when your guests need them.
Offering a hair wrap towel is another thing your guests (especially those with long hair) will really appreciate. You will want to buy ones that have a nice button closure and microfiber material that dries hair quickly without being abrasive, unlike a regular body towel.
Bath mats are an absolute necessity. Everyone hates stepping out of the shower onto cold tile (or worse, slipping!). This set of two mats is great to get you started with, and you can easily get a few so that you always have a clean one ready. I recommend white ones that can be easily bleached during normal washing.
This corner splash guard has been a lifesaver for my rental’s bathroom. Save your money by avoiding an expensive floor repair caused by continual water splashes and invest in one of these ASAP.
Shower curtains are an often overlooked but critically important part of a well-functioning and clean rental bathroom. This one is water-resistant and anti-mildew, making it a great option for a heavily-used shower or tub.
A soap dispenser isn’t something you’d typically find in most homes, but it makes perfect sense in a functional Airbnb. This one has three compartments that I usually fill with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Fun labels or a small sign in the bathroom can inform guests on the products you’ve included in case anyone has any special allergies or other considerations.
Speaking of special considerations, it is always your best bet to go with a sensitive, non-irritating option for any shampoos or soaps you’ll be including. This sensitive shampoo looks and feels luxurious all while being a gentle option that everyone will appreciate.
Sensitive body wash is another thing you’ll want to be sure to stock up on. This one by Dove is extra-moisturizing while being sulfate-free. As a bonus, it smells great and won’t leave yucky residue in your tub!
Absolutely nobody wants to deal with the consequences of having someone slip in the shower. Protect yourself and your guests with a non-slip shower mat. Its textured surface allows a superior grip for your feet, while its strong suction cups keep the mat itself from slipping around. It’s also latex-free, which is always a must.
Bath bombs are all the rage right now, and if your rental has a tub you should certainly consider including them as an amenity. You can get them for around $1 a piece.
Having a tub in your Airbnb can be a big draw to guests looking for the ultimate relaxation experience. Help them really wind down by offering a bottle of bubble bath!
Another iconic piece of relaxation gear is a fancy bathtub tray. This one expands to fit the width of almost any tub and has compartments to hold books, a laptop, candles, phones, and more. A photo of a candlelit tub with a stocked, luxurious-looking tray is sure to generate more bookings for your Airbnb.
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Cosmetics and Extras for Your Airbnb
Hotels always include a hairdryer, so why shouldn’t you? This one is even low-noise, so your guests won’t bother each other, your neighbors, or you!
A good lotion is a necessity, especially after showering. Aveeno Body Lotion is great for all skin types and is extra-nourishing and fragrance-free.
Individual toothbrushes, another common hotel amenity, are always a good idea to have available to guests. Buy ones that are individually wrapped so your guests will always have one ready in case they forget theirs at home.
Mini toothpaste also makes perfect sense to offer, especially since you’ll have toothbrushes! You should also consider having a small stack of rinse cups available.
Everyone hates forgetting that one necessity at home. Having a simple disposable comb at the ready in case a guest needs one is another thing that will make you a 5-star host.
Liquid soap can be convenient, but requires constant maintenance in refilling and cleaning of the pump. Individual soap bars are a fantastic option to include in your Airbnb. Not only are these ECO Amenities Soaps very sanitary, but they also are not animal tested and have no perfumes or harsh chemicals, making them a perfect option for the conscientious host.
Disposable razors may not be something you’d ever thought of keeping on hand for guests, but they’re another very commonly forgotten item. Providing them at the request of a guest will put you on the fast-track to being a top host! This pack by Gillette is very reasonably priced and is a valuable addition to your rental’s bathroom supply stash.
You don’t have to spend “5-star hotel” money to provide a 5-star host experience. Items that feel luxurious and that guests don’t typically expect to be included will allow them to have a decadent trip on a budget. Things like cosmetic face masks provide a spa-like vacation at under $1 a pop to you.
Cologne and perfume are more luxury options that you should really consider including as amenities in your rental. I was pleasantly surprised by a bottle of cologne in an Airbnb I stayed in a few years ago. Since then, I’ve tried to offer fragrances in my rentals as well. You could even offer them as a bonus amenity for guests booking longer stays with you.
Fluffy white towels are great and look very classy. That is until they get stained with lipstick and mascara. Save yourself the headache of fighting stains on your good bath towels by getting some designated makeup towels. This particular set is black, which will hide just about any stain or discoloration. The cute embroidery will also lend some charm to your bathroom.
It’s never fun to have to lean over a bathroom counter in order to get a good look at your shave or your makeup. Save your guests the hassle by having a lighted mirror on your vanity. This one by Conair has two different magnification levels and a soft halo glow light.
Practical Items for Your Bathroom
Having to drop what you’re doing to address a plumbing issue at your Airbnb is not ideal. Make things easy on both you and your guests with a simple drain hair collector.
Guests always expect things to go smoothly on vacation. As a host, you always cross your fingers for no mishaps as well. For when things don’t go as planned, a first aid kit is a must-have. This one has everything guests could need and more. It has over 120 items: everything from insect bite relief to absorbent bandages.
A trash can doesn’t necessarily need to feature prominently in your bathroom décor, but it should still be clearly present in a useful location. This one comes in a wide variety of colors, but I usually go with a plain black or stainless steel look.
I don’t usually leave my air freshener plugged in, as the smell can bother some guests (especially in a smaller space). What I would recommend is having one unplugged on the counter near an outlet, or even tucked away in the medicine cabinet.
Your toilet paper storage should be a little nicer than just the package they come in stuffed under the sink. This sleek organizer holds 3 rolls, which is more than enough for a short Airbnb stay. For longer stays, make sure you’re checking in and restocking everything as needed.
Guests will need a few places to place their clothing, especially on a longer stay. Many prefer to keep a few things in the bathroom for easy access after showering. I like these hooks on the door in my Airbnb. There is plenty of space to store all kinds of garments and even towels.
If your bathroom is short on space, as many are, you’ll definitely need a compact towel rack. This one swivels out and then folds back up against the wall when not in use. This makes it really easy to display as many (or as few) towels as you need to.
If your rental features any type of laundry services, or even if it doesn’t, a clothes rack is a welcome inclusion. This one folds up neatly when not in use, and can expand to fit a ton of clothes when needed. Bonus tip: consider having some laundry detergent available if you don’t have laundry in-unit. That way, guests can hand wash things in the sink in a pinch.
Even if they don’t require full laundry service, your guests will probably need some way to freshen up their clothes after traveling. A mini clothes steamer makes quick work of everything from blouses to business suits.
A nice looking candle goes a long way in creating a warm, relaxing ambiance. This one is scented like fresh linen and burns for an extremely long time. Consider setting it up on your bathtub tray, making a welcoming sight for your guests.
Including some minimal art in your bathroom can really make it stand out and show that you put a lot of thought into your decorating. These prints are beautiful, and you can mix and match which ones you hang up every stay if you want! You could also consider supporting a local artist by displaying some of their art with a business card. This makes a great conversation piece!
Lastly, a handwritten sign welcoming your guests should be the finishing touch on your beautiful rental. You can also use it to write some helpful hints. For example, “towels hung up can be reused, and towels on the floor will be laundered”.
How Else Can I Ensure the Needs of My Guests are Met?
Make sure to always be open and available for guest communication. If your guest forgot something and you’re able to quickly bring it to them, they’ll be sure to leave a great review!
Should I Tailor My Supplies and Décor to Each Guest?
You absolutely can! Of course, it’s not completely necessary, but guests can definitely tell when you’ve put in the extra effort to make the rental special for them. If, for example, you know someone is in town for a local wine festival, providing a list of your recommended vineyards would make them feel extra special.