Airbnb essentials: 6 must-bring items to make your winter break extra cosy

When you book a cosy cottage stay with Airbnb you want to make sure it’s exactly that: cosy, comfortable and relaxing. Here’s your Airbnb essentials checklist for your next break…

1) Slippers. I’ve forgotten slippers in the past and SERIOUSLY regretted it. A lot of Airbnb cottages take a while to warm up or are set on a remote thermostat that you can’t change, so having a fluffy pair of slippers to pad around in makes all the difference. Trust me.

2) An HDMI adapter so you can watch Netflix on the TV instead of on your laptop. I’m not a tech person at all but bringing this made such a difference. We watched back-to-back episodes of The Crown at the last Airbnb stay in Pitlochry and it was just so lovely and relaxing after a long walk in the cold outside.

“Having a fluffy pair of slippers to pad around in makes all the difference, trust me.”

3) Your favourite hot drink. You’ll usually find basics in the cupboards but if you’re a proper tea jenny like me (I usually get through at least five cups a day) then definitely bring your own. For me that meant bringing a bumper box of Yorkshire Tea, for you it might mean packing your favourite coffee or a tub of hot chocolate. Don’t forget the marshmallows.

4) An extra bag of firewood. If you’re anything like me you definitely want an Airbnb with a wood burning stove, because there isn’t anything much better than watching the flames while you cosy up on the couch. Stock up on an extra bag on the way so you don’t have to spend the whole time fretting about using it all up, because that’s not relaxing at all.

“Bring your tupperware so you can curl up with home-cooked curry and not have to go out when it’s dark and freezing cold outside.”

5) A blanket. As mentioned above, there’s nothing nicer than curling up on the couch with a good book, a cup of tea, and a blanket. There might be some there already but bring your own, especially if you’ve got a fluffy dog with you who tends to leave hair everywhere.

6) Home-made freezer food in a tupperware box. The last time we stayed in an Airbnb we didn’t go out for dinner at all – we heated up home-cooked curry and ate it with poppadoms and mango chutney and it was delicious. Yes, sometimes it’s lovely to go out and see what the local restaurants have to offer, but when it’s dark and freezing cold it’s also really nice to curl up and not have to go anywhere. Plus it means that you can both enjoy a glass of wine or two.

Like this post? Why not read my blogs on my recent Airbnb trips to Crieff and Mull?


  1. I’ve never been to an Airbnb before but all the things you have mentioned in the list are definitely useful! Perfect for a cosy night! Thanks for sharing!

    Laura /


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