outdoor essentials

Airbnb Shopping List – Outdoor Essentials

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The outdoor space at every Airbnb is different. While the outdoor essentials shopping list for each short-term rental will vary, we recommend these essential items that are easily added to almost any outdoor space.

BBQ Grill

A grill may seem like a pricey investment, but we cannot recommend it enough. Potential guests in almost every climate and season are interested in grilling, and will quickly filter out properties that do not have a grill. Of all the outdoor essentials, this one will get you the biggest return on investment.

The Char-Broil Performance Amplifire 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill

The Char-Broil Performance Amplifire Gas Grill has 435 square inches of cooking space, a side burner, and is rust-resistant, making it convenient for your guests as well as durable for your bottom line. This model even comes with a heavy-duty cover, so your investment is well protected in the harshest of environments. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to increase your bookings, wow your guests, and bring in more 5-star reviews!

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Fire Extinguisher

If your outdoor space includes any kind of grill or fire pit, you should have an extra fire extinguisher. This will be separate from the fire extinguisher you have in the main house and should be easily accessible from your grill or fire pit. If you’ve got a full-sized regulation fire extinguisher in your main house, a more user-friendly option is a good choice for your second fire extinguisher in your outdoor space.

First Alert Rechargeable Fire Extinguisher

The First Alert Rechargeable Fire Extinguisher can meet your safety needs for outdoor areas whether on a patio or on a boat. First Alert is a trusted brand for fire safety equipment and this model is even approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Outdoor Lighting

Motion activated outdoor lighting is an Airbnb outdoor essential for a few reasons. Motion activated lighting makes your home less appealing to would-be burglars. Additionally, guests coming in late at night will appreciate having some extra light to guide them.

LEONLITE LED Security Light, Motion Sensor Flood Lights

Outdoor lighting at its finest, LEONLITE LED Security and Motion Sensor Flood Lights provide security for you and your guests. Three options for light quality, waterproof for harsh weather conditions, and long-lasting, energy-efficient bulbs make this outdoor lighting choice an excellent addition to your property.

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Outdoor Cameras

Obviously, you would never put cameras inside of your short-term rental, but outdoor security cameras are definitely an outdoor essential. Like the lighting, they protect your home from potential criminals, but also alert you if your guest shows up with a party of 20 instead of 2, or if they bring pets into your pet-free listing.

Arlo Technologies Wireless Security Camera

The Arlo Technologies Wireless Security Camera System comes with night vision, HD-quality video, and includes cloud storage and the base station required for operation. This system has options from two to five cameras and mounts. It also works with Alexa.

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Garden Hose

This was an unexpected outdoor essential for us. We found that guests loved having a hose to rinse off their dirty hiking boots, skis, and snowboards. It’s also great if you allow pets. With a hose, guests can rinse them off after a hike or fill their water bowls.

The Zoflaro Expandable Water Hose

The Zoflaro Expandable Water Hose comes in four sizes from 25-100 feet and is made of flexible, leak-proof latex. It winds up for easy storage out of the way and expands to reach wherever you need it.

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Signs (depending on your house rules)

Signs can be an invaluable outdoor essential.  Most vacation rentals are non-smoking. If this is your policy, placing a “no smoking” sign near the main outdoor space works well to remind your guests. Some guests will read the smoking policy in the house rules, but smoke anyway and later claim that they weren’t aware of the rule. This way, there’s no confusion.

WINOMO Iron Painting Garage Vintage Decorative Signs

This WINOMO Vintage Decorate Sign offers a unique way to enhance the theme of your Airbnb with a vintage vibe. You can also get more property-specific signs. If you do allow smoking, you can get a sign to point guests to the designated smoking area.

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Conversely, if your property DOES allow smoking, don’t forget to add ashtrays to your outdoor essentials shopping list. Keep in mind, you’ll want to buy some that are sturdy enough to withstand some wind. It’s also a great idea to find ashtrays that have some sort of covered storage for the ashes, like this model.

Outdoor Stainless Steel Ashtray with Flip-Top Lid

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Fire Table 

Like the grill, this is an investment that will both draw guests to your listing, and keep them coming back. Our guests love being able to sit outside and relax in front of the propane fire table we include at several of our listings.

Outland Living Series 403-Slate Grey Fire Table

The Outland Living Series 403 Fire Table is our personal favorite out of all the Airbnb fire pit tables we have tested. It is a fairly large propane fire pit table, with a classy wicker exterior and a sleek tempered glass tabletop. 

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String Lighting 

String lighting is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to quickly transform your outdoor space. It makes any area look more inviting and expensive. It also provides a romantic atmosphere that many Airbnb guests are looking for.

Brightown Outdoor String Lights Patio Lights

You’ll love how Brightown Outdoor String Lights make your outdoor area sparkle. This set offers 100 feet of waterproof lighting to make your patio or yard warm and festive. They offer dimming options as well and come in multiple finishes.

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Outdoor Shopping List Complete

This list of outdoor essentials will get you started making your outdoor area a favorite spot for your guests. What great items have you found to wow your guests outside at your listing? Share your favorites in the comments.

About the Author Kevin Kelsey

Originally from Connecticut, Kevin moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and worked his way up to becoming an editor on award-winning reality TV shows. Kevin owns 4 short term rentals in Southern California and founded AirHost Academy to help other hosts improve their business.