5 useful things you didn’t know you needed for your motorhome ski adventure

5 useful things you didn’t know you needed for your motorhome ski adventure

We covered motorhome ski essential kit in our blog titled ‘Our Zero BS Motorhome Ski Check List’ which caused consternation with some in the motorhome community.

Why? Because we think there are a number of things that people call ‘essential kit’ that’s total nonsense. Our feelings haven’t changed on the topic of glue guns and inflatable mattresses and if you want to read about some of the other daft things people think you should take, check it out here.

As a follow up from that blog, and inspired by someone more organised than we are (Wandering Bird – follow her), there are a few things that we have on our motorhome ski road trip that might not immediately spring to mind and you may find useful. Some of them we came across purely by accident, some of them were strategic purchases – all of them are invaluable to us – here they are and we’ve included a few options that were in our short list.

Draining Mat

This was a gift and honestly, the thought of not having it, or one like it, brings us out in a sweat. You do not have enough surface area in your motorhome to drain washing up – fact. Unless you have an RV or staff (and therefore don’t care about such domestic nonsense) then you need one of these. You can thank us later.

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Jet Boil

Why would we need one of these? We have a three burned hob, a grill and an oven. Trust us. The reality is three burner hobs are useless. You can only ever use two burners at once (ask any motorhomer) and it’s great to have another burner if you’re making proper meals. Jetboil is also the most efficient way to boil water taking approximately half the time of conventional kettles and if you’re travelling and you fancy a cuppa this will be your favourite toy – meaning no need to get out of the motorhome or van to turn the gas on and off. There are a million accessories for the Jetboil system and you run the risk of becoming part of the Jetboil fan-cult but it’s a cool place to be.

Video below and the Jetboil we rock is:

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Assorted Bungee Chords

Ok – so you’ve probably got a few of these doing something in your motorhome but if you’re on a motorhome ski adventure you need more. And even then you won’t have enough. You need a variety of sizes and lots of the smaller light weight ones.

  • Binding our electric cables
  • Binding our hose
  • Strapping our ramps together
  • Strapping our screen cover down
  • Binding skis and snowboards to all our other kit
  • Strapping water bowsers to our snowboard-sledge
  • Internal drying line between cupboards

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A sledge

Bare with…

We have an old snowboard that does exactly the same job as a sledge but in lieu of one of these you’ll be going out and paying well over the odds for one in resort once you see people utilising theirs!

Because almost everyone drains their grey water straight out of their motorhome, you have a container to shift. If you don’t want to be doing it every time you wash a cup, you need a container too heavy to carry. You can get a fancy grey water tank with wheels but we don’t have the space for one of these.

So a sledge is what you need. If you can fit a Bernease mountain dog in your van, get one of these too because they are very good at towing and make marvellous hot water bottles.

Sledge is for:

  • Dragging water containers to fill up or empty
  • Dragging your toilet cassette for emptying (you don’t want to break the wheels on ice surfaces or potholes)
  • Shopping
  • Getting drunk partners home
  • Mechanics sled

motorhome essentials

A bin

Nobody can explain to us why so many motorhomes do not have integrated bins. If you do know, please put your answer in the comments below!

Even if you do have some sort of clever bin, you need one of these if you’re in the Alps because you have to separate your recycling and the penalty for not doing so is certain death. France in particular is awesome at this. Bravo.

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We have a 10L Simple Human bin that hooks over one of our doors – if we’d known how brilliant it is, we’d have got 2. Big enough to be useful and small enough to make you get off your bum and take the rubbish out each night meaning no lingering bin smells.

You get what you pay for – very robust and cheaper imitations simply aren’t anywhere near as good.

So there you have it – a list of weird stuff we find useful. But don’t go anywhere without a draining mat.

If you’ve got anything to add, please do so!

About Hannah

Gobby, opinionated, professional ski bum. Co-founder of the Winterised Project.