When you check into a hotel room, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not you have everything you need. To help put your mind at ease, we've compiled a list of 7 essential items that every hotel room should have. From bathroom basics to in-room entertainment, read on to find out what items you should look for in your next hotel room.

Bathroom Basic Items

Let's start with the basics: every hotel bathroom should have soap, shampoo, and towels. While this may seem like a no-brainer, you'd be surprised how many hotel bathrooms are missing one (or all) of these essentials. So before you check into your next hotel room, take a quick look in the bathroom to ensure that soap, shampoo, and towels are all accounted for.

In-Room entertainment

Next on our list is in-room entertainment. Whether it's a TV with cable channels or complimentary Wi-Fi, most hotel guests appreciate having some entertainment available in their rooms. After all, there's nothing worse than settling in for a night in front of the TV only to find nothing suitable. So before you book your next hotel room, check what kind of in-room entertainment is available. Chances are, you'll be glad you did.

Mini fridge

If you're planning on spending any time in your hotel room (which, let's be honest, is probably why you're staying in a hotel in the first place), then chances are you're going to want a mini fridge. A mini fridge can come in handy if you're looking to store some snacks for later or keep your drinks cold. Not all hotel rooms have them, so if this is a must-have for you, check before booking.

Coffee maker

Hotel coffee makers are notoriously finicky; they usually don't work at all or produce subpar coffee. But if you need their morning cup of joe regardless of quality, having a coffee maker in your room can be a lifesaver. As with mini-fridges, not all rooms have them, so if this is something you can't do without, just make sure to check ahead of time.

Safe box

Most hotel rooms will have a safe box for you to store your valuables, but not all of them do. If you're planning on bringing any essential items (passport, jewellery, etc.) with you on your trip, then it's worth checking to see if your room has a safe. That way, you can rest assured that your belongings are safely stored away.


A hairdryer is another one of those items that can often be hit or miss in hotel rooms. If having access to a hairdryer is crucial to you (and let's face it, it probably is), we recommend packing your own just to be safe. That way, even if there isn't one in your room when you arrive, you'll still have access to one.

Iron and ironing board

If you're travelling for business or need to look sharp for an upcoming event, having an iron and ironing board in your room can come in handy. While most hotels will provide these upon request, it's always nice not to wait for them to be delivered to your room before getting started on that presentation or putting the finishing touches on your outfit.


No matter what brings you to town or how long you'll stay, having these 7 essential items in your hotel room will help make your stay more enjoyable (and stress-free!). So before booking your next staycation or business trip, take some time to read up on what amenities are offered so that you can rest assured, knowing that everything you need will be taken care of when you arrive at your destination.