Condo rentals are lodging options that give you more space for your vacation, especially on an extended vacation of more than a few days. Vacation rentals offer many amenities that hotels do not, like beach service, grill areas, kitchens and, of course, extra bedrooms and bathrooms. There are some things, however, that you will need to remember to pack for your vacation at a rental condo. What you need will depend on what the condo provides, but there are some things you’ll need to pack no matter what.
Vacation Rental Amenities
When you rent a vacation condo from Legacy Vacations, you will find that there are some things included with the rental and some things you need to bring yourself. Several items are commonly included with a vacation rental.
Linens (towels, sheets)
Basic appliances, including coffee maker and toaster
Basic cleaning supplies
Beyond the basics, each rental differs. Some may have DVR’s you can use, but not include the DVD’s-in that case, be sure to bring your own. All Legacy Vacation rentals have bath towels but not beach towels.
It’s important to know if there are enough of each item for the number of people coming. Legacy Vacations offer 3 sets of towels for the number of people the condo sleeps (i.e. 24 towels for a condo that sleeps 8). Be prepared to pack extras of basic items like garbage bags, soap for the dishwasher, toilet paper and paper towels.
Packing for Your House Rental Vacation
A condo rental is a little different from a hotel and you should pack your luggage differently than you would for a hotel. One of the best things about renting a condo is that in most cases, you will have access to a washer and dryer. That means you can pack a little lighter on your clothing, since you’ll be able to do laundry. On the other hand, there may be extra things you will need to pack (i.e. laundry detergent and supplies).
Especially on a family vacation, you will want to make sure that you have extra paper products, and, of course, everything you need to have on hand for meals. Many vacation rentals are quite basic in what the kitchen holds, so consider what you want to cook and prepare ahead of time. Planning a menu will help make sure you don’t bring things you don’t need as well as having everything you do.
Special Considerations Based on Your Destination
Where you are planning to vacation makes a big difference in what you pack. A beach rental house will often have some beach gear that you can use while you’re there, but you will likely want sand toys if you have children. You might have to bring your own towels for the beach, and you will definitely want to pack sunscreen.
Fulfill Your House Rental Packing List Online
While what you need to pack will differ based on your destination, the time of year, and what amenities the rental offers, there are a few top items that you won’t want to forget. Everything you need to bring with you can easily be found and sourced online or at your local store. Preparing for vacations is busy enough without having to run to multiple stores to get items you don’t have on hand. Pack with this list as a guide to ensure nothing important is forgotten.
What to Pack
Why You Need It
Paper products: toilet paper, paper towels, napkins
Rentals have only a starter supply so odds are good that you’ll run out.
Rentals may have salt and pepper-but they may not, and a few other basic spices make cooking easier as well.
Most rentals don’t have this cooking basic.
Toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, soap
Some rentals offer small amounts of these products, but it’s always best to bring your own.
Most hotels have one, but rentals often do not.
Most rentals have a television and DVD player, and a few movies can save you from rainy day boredom.
Most people remember to buy coffee but tend to forget coffee filters, and many rentals have a drip coffee maker.
Not all rentals have one, and if you enjoy a glass of wine it’s a good idea to pack one.
Rentals often don’t have quite enough, especially if you sleep with more than one. You may also find it more comfortable to have your own.
They’re good for more than garbage-you can also use them to carry dirty laundry home or wet things from the beach.
Matches or a lighter
You may want to light candles. Many rentals don’t have matches or a lighter available.
Phone, camera, and laptop chargers
Since most house rental vacations are longer than the average weekend hotel stay, you’ll need to charge all your electronics.
Specialty kitchen gadgets
Most rentals have only the basics. Plan your menu ahead of time so you know which items from your home kitchen you’ll need.
Condo rental do not offer a cleaning service so you’ll want to be able to tidy up during your time there.
First aid kit
Unlike a hotel, there’s no one around to help if you have an injury. Even if the rental has a first aid kit, it’s best to have your own well-stocked one at hand.
Disposable plates, glasses, and utensils
When you’re on vacation, you might not want to wash dishes after every meal; disposables can give you a break.
If there’s a pool or you’re by the ocean, you might want life jackets. If there is bike riding, you’ll need helmets. Pack for your activities at the vacation rental.
Unless the fridge has an ice maker, you won’t have access to one like you do at a hotel. An extra bag of ice is always a good idea.
Finding Out What You Don’t Need
If you have any questions about what is available on the property, be sure to contact the owner or property management company prior to leaving. They can tell you exactly what is on the property and answer any questions you might have about what you need to bring. Consider asking what type of small appliances are available, including coffee makers and outside grills.
It’s also a good idea to clarify what’s expected in terms of cleaning up when you are done. You may need to bring more cleaning supplies if you are either staying a long time and won’t get a cleaning service until you check out, or if you are expected to clean up after yourselves when you leave. Some rentals expect you to start a load of laundry before you go; check to make sure laundry detergent is provided.
In many ways, packing for a condo rental vacation is much like packing for a hotel stay; you’ll need your personal items like clothes and toiletries. In some ways, however, it differs. Because rentals allow you to cook your own meals and don’t have housekeeping staff on the premises in most cases, you will need to bring a few extra things to enjoy your stay.
Knowing what is available ahead of time helps narrow down your packing list. Don’t assume that everything you need is provided. Bringing a few extras like towels and paper products can help make your trip worry-free while you’re at your home away from home.