The Ultimate Summer Rental Checklist

Don’t show up to your vacation home empty-handed. Use these guidelines to help you pack wisely—then customize by the type of rental you have, family size, and what activities you’ll be doing on your trip.

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Photo: Bob Hiemstra


  • Two all-purpose knives (8" chef's knife and a paring knife)

  • Corkscrew

  • Emergency spice kit with your favorite spices

  • Cooking oils

  • French press and coffee grounds

  • Large pot or dutch oven

  • Ice cube trays

  • Rubber or silicone spatula

  • Tongs

  • Vegetable Peeler

  • Matches

  • Reusable plastic zipper storage bags

  • Aluminum foil

Living Room

  • Throw blanket

  • Throw pillows

  • Candles

  • Board games or toys

  • Movies or TV shows (either downloaded or DVDs)

  • Wireless speakers


  • Bed Linens

  • Pillow

  • Alarm clock (if you don't like to use the one on your phone)

  • Any other sleep essentials (eye mask, ear plugs, etc.)


  • Your favorite shampoo, conditioner, and body soap

  • Bath towels

  • Hand towels

  • Toiletry essentials (toothpaste, body lotion, etc.)


  • Sports gear (kayaks, bikes, etc.)

  • Beach gear (chairs, umbrella, toys, blanket, etc.)

  • Beach towels


  • First aid kit

  • Daily medications

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunscreen


  • Paper towels

  • Multipurpose cleaner

  • Dish soap

  • Hand soap

  • Sponges

  • Laundry Detergent

  • Garbage Bags

  • Toilet Paper

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