The Original Shack Vs The TARDIS

Post by Allie Cherry
March 31, 2019

It's a lot bigger inside than you'd think! an apt description of our first tailgate awning to be designed, presenting the Original Shack!

So, what do Dr Who in his various incarnations and yours truly, Allie Cherry-Byrnes, have in common...?

We both spend a lot of time in something which is people often exclaim is a lot bigger in side than you'd expect.

The Original Shack is where it all started at Packa Shack HQ, when I had my eureka moment after a particularly cold surf at Belhaven Bay near Edinburgh a few years ago. 

Picture the scene... February, horizontal sleet, me getting changed out of my wetsuit at the back of my Fiat Multipla.  Getting some shelter from the tailgate when I suddenly thought 'I could add walls to this'.

So, I went home got out my mum's old sewing machine and made the first one on the kitchen table, and here's the photo!


Then people started to ask me where I'd got it so, I thought I should make a more tailored prototype before taking it to a manufacturer.


So, I may not be able to travel through time, or battle evil across galaxies like the good Doctor.  But, I'd take my Packa Shack adventures over his any day!

Make Packa Shack part of your escape from the norm! #packashack


Introducing the Hatch Shack - the baby of the Packa Shack family

Post by Allie Cherry
March 31, 2019

It may be the baby of the Packa Shack family, but the Hatch Shack still packs a punch! Offering space, privacy and shelter for hatchback and estate owners, wherever they and their car can get to!

Designed around the Nissan Note, the Hatch Shack is the most recent of the Shacks to be designed at the request of hatchback and estate cars, increasing in height from 150cm on the roof of the car to 200cm high allowing all but the tallest of us to stand up in the back.

Hatch-Shack-Tailgate-Awning|Packa Shack

The standard measurement here at Packa Shack HQ is how many people can fight their way out off a wetsuit inside a Shack, in this case 2, accompanied by the international cry of the surfer / open water swimmer / kite surfer 'my elbow's stuck, get this off me!"

The Hatch Shack is a must for all you lovely hatchback and estate owners out there offering you somewhere to get changed before and after getting up to shenanigans in the great outdoors whether that's the hills, forest tracks, the river, beach or sea, and having a lovely cuppa in comfort when you get back!

In common with all of our Shacks which have a bit of a Tardis effect ‘it’s a lot bigger inside than you think’ the Hatch Shack offers a similar internal space to the Original Shack, which is 200cm high all the way across and slightly wider on the vehicle.

Unfortunately, the angle that the tailgate of hatchbacks opens to varies quite dramatically from car to car, so it might not work on your car.  The tailgate supports the Shack so if it opens too acutely it'll pull the Shack up off the ground.  As long as it comes out over your bumper at not too acute an angle it should be fine, but get in touch to double check.

Make a Hatch Shack part of your escape from the norm! #packashack

Packa Shack down under

Post by Allie Cherry
January 22, 2019
How does a Camper Shack's journey of 10,439 miles between Edinburgh, Scotland and Newcastle, New South Wales, become a 200m stroll from the pub...? Read on for this truely amazing tale of coincidence...

What do you buy the outdoor enthusiast who has everything this Christmas...????

Post by Allie Cherry
October 29, 2018

They need a Packa Shack!  The gift that keeps on giving all year round!

It'll keep them toasty in the winter after a wild swim, hill walk, surf, kayak, fell run and any of the myriad of other mad things we get up to in the great outdoors.

The rest of the year it keeps you dry, out of the wind and away from the midges!

4 models to choose from;

The HATCH SHACK is the baby of the Packashack family, providing a flexible, easy-to-use vehicle awning for use on smaller cars or estates with tailgates. It was designed around the Nissan Note, at £224.99.

Hatch Shack

The ORIGINAL SHACK is designed around the Fiat Multipla, the Original Shack was the first born of the Packa Shack family, and will work with most people carriers and small vans with tailgates.

The CAMPER SHACK, for work vans with tailgates, it was designed around the VW T5 and has been sold to fit on a wide range of vans

The BARNDOOR SHACK, designed around the VW T5, is the daddy of the Packashack family, with walls tapering out from roof to base to provide a larger internal space than the barndoors would otherwise allow.

Surfing Shack still going strong!

Post by Allie Cherry
February 04, 2018

Surfing… British weather and Packa Shack, a match made in heaven.  Packa Shack’s tailgate awnings offer privacy, comfort and shelter to surfers all year round. 

But don’t just take our word for it…

A couple of years ago Ritchie from Flow Surf School in Saltburn by the Sea got in touch to find out more about Packa Shack and what it could offer the lovely people who come to learn to surf with him.  He liked what he so much he bought a Camper Shack.

He got in touch this week with this photo and message; “Packa Shack going strong after 2 years..” which although not unexpected is always great to hear!

Flow Surf Camper Shack

Packa Shack is designed to take whatever the great British weather can throw at it all year round, including acting as a shady spot for all those beautiful summer days we get…

Based in Saltburn by the Sea, Flow Surf School is a family run school providing Beginner and Intermediate Surf Lessons and Video Surf Coaching for all levels of surfers. They aim to make your surfing experience second to none and promise fun, informative and safe surf lessons for all the family.  Most of the time they run lessons in Saltburn but have the option to teach at Redcar or Sandsend beaches so if you have a group and want a lesson nearer to you, drop them a line and they’ll do our best to fit around you. 

Any programme is only as good as its staff and their training. Flow Surf’s instructors are RLSS beach lifeguard qualified, Water Skills Academy licensed surf coaches & CRB checked with many years of surf coaching experience. The team is highly trained and incredibly motivated, totally dedicated to helping you learn new skills and have fun.

So, a big thanks to Ritchie for the feedback, and great to hear what all of your Shacks are doing out in the world once they’ve flown the nest.

British weather and Packa Shack, discuss...  

Post by Allie Cherry
February 04, 2018

Packa Shack's rear fitting / tailgate awning offers you shelter from our incredibly changeable weather, whether that's the rain or even shade from the sun, crazy I know, but true!

So, the British summer... the rain, the sunshine, the wind, the rain, the thunder, the hailstones, did I mention the rain?

The vagaries of Scottish weather #4seasonsin1day can turn getting ready for a great day out, and getting changed to go back home in to a truely unpleasant experience.

The weather recently has been changeable to say the least with torrential rain and the sun splitting the sky on the same day, sometimes in the same hour!

So, in the words of Baden Powell 'be prepared!' Packa Shackers, make sure you always have your Shack in your car or van to be ready for whatever the weather throws at you.

The Shack packs down small, it's the size of a small sleeping bag so doesn't take up much room. And it goes up fast to let you react quickly to what ever the weather throws at you in a couple of minutes.