Jenny, Keith and Elizabeth Hartshorn say campers are back this summer, after last year's wet Christmas.
Jenny, Keith and Elizabeth Hartshorn say campers are back this summer, after last year's wet Christmas. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Campers prepare for stormy times

ALTHOUGH a wet summer is predicted across much of Queensland, it won't stop savvy campers from enjoying nights under the stars this Christmas.

Mango Camping owner Keith Hartshorn said stormy summers were almost a sure thing but said campers could arm themselves with the right supplies to beat the heat and rain.

"We traditionally always will have summer storms and people take precautions for that with tarps and gazebos," Mr hartshorn said.

Mr Hartshorn said campers are tending to decide against roughing it and a lot splashed out on little luxuries like lights, hot water for showers and even a kitchen sink.

"It's becoming the trend that people want to take the comforts of home away with them," he said.

According to Mr Hartshorn, coastal areas such as Fraser and Stradbroke Islands were more popular camping destinations than inland ones, as it was a more affordable way to enjoy the beach.

For those who have a camping trip booked this year, Mr Hartshorn recommends three essentials.

"A good bed, good chair and good table," he said.

"If people buy cheap it doesn't last long and they always buy their second one from us."


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