City Guide / Denver

What to Bring to a Denver Short-Term Rental

By Landing | Jun 11, 2020
Man walks with suitcase in Denver

Denver short-term rentals are always a wonderful option when you’re looking to plan a little getaway and spend some time away from your primary residence. Unlike hotels, short-term rentals typically give you enough room to bring the whole family – and maybe even your pet companions! Temporary housing is also typically a little easier when it comes to a budget.

If you’ve never stayed in short-term housing before, you may want to familiarize yourself with the short-term rental process. This is a concept that’s been around a little over two decades, and it’s quite simple! For example, Denver property owners (or property owners in other areas) list their homes, condos, apartments, or spare rooms in their primary residences online for business travelers and vacationers to rent. You can find these listings through real estate agents at a real estate company, or furnished apartment finder sites like HelloLanding. Denver County has a variety of inviting neighborhoods, including Cheesman Park, Cherry Creek, Greenwood Village, Arvada, Wash Park, Lakewood, Longmont, Broomfield, the Denver Tech Center, and Englewood, to name a few.

Once you’ve found and booked your CO. short-term lease, you’ll just need to decide what to bring. Packing for a stay in short-term housing can be a little different than packing for a hotel visit. For example, your rental property in downtown Denver will likely include a full-size kitchen with all the necessary amenities and utilities, a lot like your primary residence. This means that as a short-term tenant, you can stock up on groceries, snacks, and everything else that you like to keep handy in your fridge at home. Think of it as your home away from home – which is so much different than a hotel. Aside from that, here are a few other things that you might want to bring with you to ensure that your trip is nothing short of comfortable.

Portable crib

If you travel with children, you’re probably already familiar with toting around extra supplies. It’s a good idea to check the specs on your CO. short-term housing listing to see what they offer, too – because they might already have some of what you’d might plan to bring. But most of the time, baby beds won’t be provided. There are, of course, exceptions to this. Some two or three-bedroom apartments and short-term rentals do accommodate larger families and children.

Warm clothing

You might be surprised to find that Colorado weather can be quite chilly, even in the spring, so pack your suitcase accordingly. This is especially relevant if you plan to travel outside of downtown Denver during your stay. Some cities like Aurora, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs are settled at a much higher elevation and tend to be even colder. It’s always best to dress in layers, so that you can remain comfortable while you’re using a short-term rental license.


If you plan to prepare your own food during the duration of your trip, make sure to bring all the spices and condiments you’ll need, along with the other groceries. Many short-term rental owners furnish their apartment communities and corporate apartments with things like stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and basic cooking utensils, but you’ll need to check with your short-term rental host to make sure you’ll have what you need.


While most Denver short-term rental hosts will provide you with linens and towels, it’s a good idea to bring extra sets for extended stays. This is especially important for some travelers who prefer their own sheets. It’s also a good idea for those who might be allergic to certain laundry detergents. In addition, if you’re looking to reduce the chances of coronavirus exposure, bringing your own linens will ensure that they’re sanitary and clean. 


If you’re a corporate traveler, it’s probably important to ask the rental owners in advance what type of internet service your rental unit offers. Most corporate housing providers offer wireless internet, but certain remote areas may have spotty reception. (Keep in mind properties listed as corporate housing are more sensitive to technology needs than other short-term housing.)

If this is an issue for you, you may need to visit the Denver Tech Center (DTC) to purchase an internet booster. Also, make sure to bring your own laptop, along with any other accessories you might need. Check into downloading a good VPN (Virtual Private Network) to keep your information protected no matter where you go.


In areas where there is little to no internet, short-term rental hosts will often supply DVD players, board games, or other such entertainment. If the property owners do provide a DVD player, consider renting a few movies for the stay. And bring your own games along for added fun. Also, remember your surroundings – Colorado has some of the best nature that the US has to offer, and you’ll likely want to explore it while you’re there. That is, of course, if the season is right for it. In the summer, it’s popular to go hiking or mountain biking in Denver or in some of the beautiful neighborhoods in areas like Greenwood Village, Aurora, Englewood, and the DTC. If this is something you want to try, bring your bikes, backpacks, hiking shoes, and other gear.

Additionally, check to see if the property you’re staying on has amenities like a hot tub or swimming pool. If you’re visiting one of these investment properties in the summer months, you won’t want to be caught without a swimsuit and other water attire when there’s a cool body of water outside.


Ted may be the world's slowest typist and struggle to hold a pen, but he has mastered how to pursue a more flexible lifestyle throughout his airborne adventures around the U.S. Whether you're looking for more information before migrating to a new city or want to find an easier way to rent a nest—erm, apartment—Ted will always be here to share his best advice for where to live and how to thrive.