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What to put in a welcome basket

Creating a thoughtful welcome basket for guests in your short-term rental can enhance their experience and leave a positive impression.

Here are some ideas for items to include in a welcome basket:

Local treats

Offer a taste of the local culture by including some regional snacks, sweets, or specialty foods. This can be a great way for guests to experience the flavours of the area and will mark you out as an ambassador for the region.


Provide a selection of drinks, such as bottled water, coffee, tea; and perhaps a small bottle of wine or local craft beer. Make sure to take into account any dietary restrictions or preferences your guests may have. A number of hosts have stopped providing alcoholic beverages as many guests are teetotal for lifestyle or religious reasons.

Map and local guide

Include a map of the local area, along with a guide to nearby attractions, restaurants, and points of interest. Pick up leaflets while you're out and about and leave them in your rental.


Place travel-sized toiletries in the basket, including items like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, and a toothbrush. These essentials can be especially appreciated by guests who may have forgotten to pack certain items.

Wi-Fi details

Clearly display the Wi-Fi network name and password in a welcome card.

Chargers and adapters

Include USB chargers or universal adapters for guests to use during their stay.

Entertainment options

Include brochures or information about local entertainment options, such as theatres, cinemas, or upcoming events. If applicable, provide instructions for accessing streaming services on the property's TV.

Books or magazines

Place a selection of books or magazines related to the local area or general interests. This can provide guests with some leisurely reading options during their stay.

Personalised welcome note

Include a handwritten or printed welcome note expressing your gratitude for their stay and offering any additional information they may find useful.

Emergency kit

Assemble a small emergency kit with items like band-aids, pain relievers, and other basic first aid supplies. It's a thoughtful touch that can be helpful in unexpected situations.

Snack basket

Consider including a basket of snacks, such as granola bars, nuts, and fruit. This is especially appreciated by guests arriving late or those who may not have had a chance to grab a snack.

Remember to tailor the welcome basket to the preferences and needs of your specific guests. Personalising the experience can make them feel more at home and create a positive impression of your short-term rental.

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