It’s summer travel season, so get ready to pack your flip-flops, swimsuits, and sunscreen. You should bring your sunscreen, flip-flops, and swimsuits along with a few other essentials to your rental property.
Renting a space is all about discovering and enjoying the unique, quirky, and sometimes hilariously out-of-date decor. While pieces such as a puka shell chandelier are beautiful, bed sheets from the unknown origin are not. It’s worth taking along or buying items to make your summer rental more comfortable and less creepy if you plan to stay there for at most a week. These are our top tips to brighten up your temporary home.
What to pack
You should bring along items that will make you more comfortable and not too expensive or bothersome to buy upon your arrival. A set of neutral sheets and a pair of white towels for your bathroom are essentials. They will work well with any eclectic decor and remove the hassle of using someone else’s linens. Bring a few throws if you plan to spend the evening on the porch or roasting marshmallows by the fire pit.
Flatware, flatware and glassware are all common in rental properties. However, unless you have experience with these items, you may not know what you’re getting. If you rent the house with friends or family and want to enjoy some good meals (and not have the table look cluttered), you can bring a basic, inexpensive set.
What to buy?
Visit the farmers’ market Don’t miss the opportunity to visit nearby farms’ markets and farm stands. These markets are great for finding amazing local produce, honey and jam. You can also get great recommendations about restaurants and activities. Get a few bouquets from your local area. You can transform any space with flowers. Make sure you have enough to fill a vase on your kitchen table and a few stems for the bud vases on your bedside tables. You can also pick up some bars of soap handmade while you are there. Keep some soap in your bathroom and keep some for your next trip.
While you are stocking your kitchen with food for the week, make sure to pick up items that can double as decor. You will need enough limes and lemons to fill a large bowl. They are a great garnish for cocktail hour and make a beautiful centerpiece. A variety of candles is a great idea. It’s impossible to predict what mysterious smells you will encounter when you walk into a rental, especially on a lake that is fishing-friendly. So make sure to get some candles for the inside of the home and citronella candles for the porch.
At the flea marketplace: Look out for local flea markets. It’s a great way to find unique items for your home or vacation rental at incredible prices. You can dress up your dining room with vintage tablecloths or even longer lengths of fabric. You can find mason jars and pitchers, vases, as well as juice glasses to display your farmer’s market bouquets. You can’t resist buying a cool 1960s pitcher and glasses for your group. Old school board games are also worth looking out for. These are a must-have for rainy days as well as family tournaments.