Is Packa Shack the new Changing Hut...?

Post by Allie Cherry
February 04, 2018

So there you are at Portobello beach just outside Edinburgh , with your splendidly good chums Cecil, Humphrey & Emily. The water looks frightfully inviting, the brass band are playing in the park, and the children are seen but not heard, all you need now is one of those jolly changing huts to get changed into your stripey woollen bathing suit...

Victorian changing hut Bathing Belles

Unfortunately, no one has made them for about 150 years.... so what the blazes are you to do???  

Get changed behind a towel in the car park, I don't blinkin' flippin' think so!

You need ones of these new fangled Packa Shack thingies!  They go up fast and pack down small, providing you and your merry band of chums with the space to get changed in comfort and privacy. 

No need to worry about frightening the horses, Mrs Miggins! Time to make Packa Shack part of your escape from the norm.

Packa Shack - space & privacy in the great outdoors #packashack

Dog Agility Shack

Post by Allie Cherry
February 04, 2018

So what does this tailgate awning offer dog agility enthusiasts?  Space, shelter, and a most importantly a quiet, clean, calm dog!

Dog owners who have bought the Shack tell me that it's important that their dog(s) shouldn't see other dogs to keep them calm. 

And that's what the Top Down opening version of the different Shack models offer! The front panel of the opens like an incremental letter box, from very slightly open to fully opened and rolled up on the sewn in ground sheet. This and the sewn in groundsheet allows the dog to be contained and still have plenty of ventilation.

  Bottom Up Opening Original Shack

This is a Bottom Up opening Camper Shack used by Sue and her dogs at dog agility shows across the country. This version allows the front panel (rolled up in the photo) to be used as a 2m deep awning to extend the space and offer more shade.



Canoe-dling in a Packa Shack

Post by Allie Cherry
February 04, 2018

So, getting up close & personal in our tailgate awning or getting out in your canoe or kayak and getting changed ready to head out onto the water or once you’re back from your adventure and getting changed and dry before heading home after a great day out in the water.

Packa Shack extends the space your vehicle offers, giving you shelter and privacy wherever you and your vehicle can get too.

The Shack also lets you extend your experience by offering you a space to hang out after your trip and shoot the breeze with your fellow paddles over a cuppa before heading home or off to your next watery adventure.

Whether you prefer sea kayaking around our beautiful coastline or running the rapids on one of our many fantastic rivers, the Shack will enhance and extend your experience.

Double Slalom Canoe

So, for the uninitiated amongst us, here is Packa Shack’s duffer’s guide to canoe slalom…

  • Canoe slalom is a race against the clock through a combination of up and downstream gates on a whitewater course.
  • The course length and number of gates varies with a maximum of 25 gates and length of 300 meters.
  • The course is set with a mix of upstream and downstream gates; each presents a unique challenge for the athlete, significantly testing their ability to read and work with the water flow whilst maintaining their trajectory, balance and speed.
  • The direction the athlete must travel through each gate is indicated by colour: red for upstream and green for downstream.
  • The difference between a kayak and a canoe is simple; it’s the number of blades on the paddle and the athlete’s position in the boat.
  • In kayak, the paddler is seated and uses a double-bladed paddle pulling the blade through the water on alternate sides to propel the boat forward.
  • In canoe, the paddle has a single-blade and the athlete is strapped into the boat with their legs bent at the knees and tucked under their body.

Introducing the baby of the family, the Hatch Shack..!

Post by Allie Cherry
February 04, 2018

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

5 Star review - "Useful piece of kit"

Post by Allie Cherry
February 04, 2018

"Useful piece of kit"

Many thanks to Kerry C, who bought an Original Shack from us a few months ago.

"I've only used this once so far with my car (Mazda CX5) for a camping weekend but will be using it again shortly and I'm really looking forward to it. It's easy to put up and take down and packs away into a very neat roll. I also plan to use it when taking my elderly parents out for s drive, as somewhere sheltered to sit for a brew, but also to keep in the car to use with MR for getting changed in after a cold wet day searching. Well done Packa Shack, it's a great idea."

Packa Shack car awnings offering you freedom, extra space, shelter, warmth, privacy and comfort wherever you and your vehicle can get to in our great outdoors.

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

The TARDIS Vs the Original Shack, who'd win...?

Post by Allie Cherry
February 04, 2018

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