NerdWallet: Think your Airbnb will have everything you need? Think again. Here’s what you might want to pack.

by | Aug 25, 2022 | Stock Market

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.  Short-term vacation rentals such as Airbnb
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and Vrbo offer much that hotels can’t, such as authenticity and uniqueness. Yet these benefits come with some major downsides. Unpredictability and hit-or-miss property management means that travelers never know what to expect before walking in the door.

According to a survey commissioned by Airbnb in 2019, “functionality” (such as a working coffee maker) was more important than “thoughtfulness” (such as a hand-written welcome sign) for most travelers. Yet functionality is exactly where vacation rentals suffer in comparison to hotels. Need more towels while staying at a resort? Call the front desk. Run out of toilet paper while staying at an Airbnb? Good luck. From dull knives in the kitchen to crepe-paper-thin pillowcases, vacation rental amenities can be more miss than hit. That’s why packing your own fix-it kit can make all the difference. Here’s what to bring to avoid the worst Airbnb rental headaches. Plus: This is exactly the best time to book an Airbnb to save moneyFor the bedroom Despite all the hubbub on social media about hidden cameras in Airbnb properties, this remains a very rare problem. You probably don’t need to sweep your bedroom like a CIA agent. Yet plenty of other horrors could await you in the bedroom, as seasoned travelers know well. When flying to a destination, consider bringing:
Pillowcases. A pair of comfortable, clean pillowcases can improve one of the worst short-term rental offenses: thin linens.

Earplugs, for when it turns out that your “bedroom” is actually a partially walled-off section of the living room. Or it overlooks a freeway.

Carbon monoxide monitor. Airbnb includes this on the “amenities” list if your rental has one. If it doesn’t, consider bringing one for the bedroom.

If you’re driving instead of flying, you might consider also bringing:
A full set of sheets and pillows. Make sure to check the size of the bed beforehand (this is usually included in the listing).

House slippers. Despite that large “cleaning fee,” the floors of vacation rentals aren’t always spotless. Light house slippers can overcome the yuck factor.

Nightlight. Getting from the bedroom to the bathroom isn’t always easy (without turning all the lights on and disturbing a sleeping partner).

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