There are plenty of things to do in Broken Bow Oklahoma, but what about the time relaxing around the house? If you plan on spending a good amount of time in your rental property, there are some items you’ll want to bring along just in case. The nearest stores are in Broken Bow (not Hochatown where most of the vacation rentals are located), a Walmart and Pruett’s. You will be able to pick up some items at the convenience stores along 259, but it’s best to be prepared and just bring your own items. Here is what to bring to a vacation rental home in Broken Bow.

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What to Pack if You Have Small Children


If you are taking kids to Broken Bow, it can be helpful to bring a night light since not all rental properties have them available. If your children (or even the grandparents) need to use the bathroom at night, this will bring everyone a little peace of mind. This light comes with its own charging base, has a one hour timer, and can be turned on with the tap of a finger.

Baby/Child Gate

Since safety is always front of mind when staying in a vacation rental, be sure to bring a baby gate if you need one for young children or animals. These easy to install walk through gate spans from 29-39 inches and is 28 inches high (this product comes as a pack of 2).

Pack n’ play

Not all rentals will come with a crib or portable placard. Consider bringing your own so you know your little one will have a comfy bed at nap time.

Bed rail

If your children are still learning the ins and outs of sleeping in a “big kid” bed, consider bringing along a bed rail to ensure their safety.

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Protect the youngest guests by bringing your own safety gear.

What to Pack to Make Your Stay More Comfortable

House slippers

There are plenty of reasons to pack house slippers for a vacation rental, but we love something to keep our feet warm both inside the house and out in the yard or on the patio. If you want to head outside, we are sure these slippers will do the job.


We’re pretty picky about our coffee, so we always pack some to bring along. Many of the Broken Bow vacation rentals offer a Keurig or Nespresso for your caffeine needs, but just in case, you might want to pack your own.

Fire Stick/Roku

If you have a bunch of streaming subscription like we do, bring along a Fire Stick or Roku and have access to your shows on the go!

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Bluetooth speaker

If you want to listen to music anywhere you go, bring your own portable speaker. Just be mindful of any neighbors!

Board games

There are some great board games for family vacations, and some rental homes will have games for your use. Maybe pack some of your favorite games so you are sure to have one everyone loves. (And don’t miss this list of 100 games to play on a family vacation)!

HedBanz Game: This kid friendly board game is based on the game “What am I?”. The player with the headband has to ask “yes” or “no” questions before time runs out to figure out if the card on the headband is an animal, food or object. Fast paced family fun!

Compact hair dryer

A hair dryer (or flat iron or curling iron) can be hit or miss in a vacation rental. Sometimes they’re provided, and sometimes there’s only one and you’re a group of 5. Bring your own so you don’t have to worry about fixing your hair when it’s time to go out.

Bath Mat

Of course this depends on how much you want to pack, but if you’re traveling with kids (or just don’t want to use towels on the floor) consider bringing a no-slip bath mat.

Extras to Pack for a Vacation Rental Stay

  • First aid kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels/napkins
  • Extra wipes – we bring extra Clorox wipes and those with small children shouldn’t forget hand and/or diaper wipes.
  • Extra trash bags/grocery bags – perfect for emergencies and picking up after pets.
  • Shampoo, conditioner, soap – most properties will have these available, but it never hurts to be prepared.
  • Books – bring your own books and find your own special place to read.

Power Strip

Sometimes it helps to bring your own power strip in case there aren’t enough outlets to charge everyone’s electronics.

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Laundry Detergent

If there’s a laundry unit in your vacation rental, odds are there will be some detergent available to use. If you plan on staying awhile, or have a larger family, consider bringing your own detergent.


The need for hangars will vary from one property to the next, but if you are bringing a lot of hanging clothes, it’s not a bad idea to bring some of your own.

What to Bring for Cooking in a Vacation Rental

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These days, most rental properties have well stocked kitchens. If cooking is your thing and you plan to cook a lot on vacation, pack a few of these extras:

Non-stick pans

Two pans is plenty for cooking most meals.

Chef knife

Knives can be hit or miss at rental properties, so if you like to cook be sure to bring your own.


Most rental units will have some type of Tupperware, but if you want to bring any of your food home from vacation, you’ll need to bring your own dishes.

Corkscrew/bottle opener

If there’s one thing that can easily be misplaced in a rental home, it’s a corkscrew and/or bottle opener (and even a can opener for that matter). Consider bringing your own.

Reusable water bottles

Save on the number of dishes you have to wash by bringing your own reusable water bottles. Bring a different color for each person so there’s no confusion. These are also perfect for day hikes.

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