One of the biggest draws to renting a Lake of the Ozarks home or condo over just staying in a hotel room is the fact that you get a fully equipped kitchen. Let’s face it, eating out for every meal can get expensive, especially if you’re on a weeklong vacation. The ability to prepare some meals “at home” is a great way for those budget travelers to save some money while on vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks.


A Fully Equipped Kitchen

That means they expect your kitchen to be equipped with everything needed to prepare some easy meals. Think spaghetti, frozen pizza, pancakes and eggs. We’ve had a lot of experience with what people want and need in a vacation rental kitchen, so we’ve got a list of must-haves that we like to share with our new owners coming on board.


Small Appliances

A standard coffee pot is a necessity. Even if you have a Keurig, some people don’t like to wait on single-serve cups if they have a large group that drinks coffee. Guests love to have both options available so they can use what’s convenient for their group. Other small appliances that are necessary include a 4-slot toaster and a blender. Optional items that guests could enjoy include an air fryer, crock pot and countertop ice maker.


Cookware and Cooking Utensils

Think about what types of cookware and utensils you have available. You’ll want to have a large pot for spaghetti and a spaghetti spoon. A nice set of frying pans, as well as turners and spatulas, can be used to cook a variety of things for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make sure you have a pizza pan, or two, depending on the size of your property, and a cookie sheet. An ice cream scoop, can opener, corkscrew and bottle opener should all be on your list of needed kitchen items as well.


Dishware and Silverware

Lastly, you want to make sure you have enough dishware and eating utensils for the number of people that your property sleeps. If you sleep 8 people, and only have a set of 6 plates, bowls, cups, spoons, forks, etc., that’s not going to allow everyone to eat at the same time and they’ll be doing a lot of dishes during their stay.



Making sure your kitchen is fully equipped with everything a guest might need during their stay at your home or condo rental at the Lake of the Ozarks is one thing that could keep guests coming back time and time again. If they have to go out and buy a bunch of items during their stay just to be able to cook a meal or eat out every meal because there’s not what they need in your kitchen, they’re going to look for somewhere else next time.

If you’re looking for advice about your Lake of the Ozarks vacation property, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’d love to speak with you about our vacation rental program and how we think you could improve your rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks. Call our office at 573-365-3367 and ask for Russell, Erin or Lisa!


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4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Phone: 573-365-3367