How to Choose the Right Void-Fill for Your Package

January 25, 2021 Written by Chris Amato

packing paper inside of a package

Every shipper wants to find the perfect balance between low shipping cost and the safe arrival of the shipped product. Items broken or damaged in shipment due to improper packaging can be costly to your bottom line and costly to your reputation with your customers. Let’s walk through how to choose the right void fill for your package.

How do I fill a Space in a Package? 

Chances are you aren’t shipping cube shaped goods in the perfect sized cube shaped shipping carton. If there is open space in the package, the contents can move around and become damaged. Wrap each item or placed boxed items on a layer of kraft paper or newsprint for cushion and support. Next, you can add fillers like air pillows, packing peanuts, or bubble wrap to eliminate product movement once the package is sealed. The type of fill you want to choose depends on your item.

How Should I Ship Irregular Items?  

Often, we get requests to accommodate shipping of liquids, custom shapes, oversized products or irregular items that require a little more than a standard package fill. Below are some void-fill options for shipping irregular items safely.


To ship liquids or chemicals, wrapping each in a foam or bubble sleeve is a good start. PackEdge also offers Pregis hybrid cushioning.  Soften the ride inside the box with the Pregis array of air cushioning solutions. Protect against damage, improve packaging line productivity all the while lowering labor costs. Airspeed Asecent and HC safely deliver products and provide customers with an unforgettable unboxing experience.

Irregular Product Shipping

A Pregis Intellipack system is the perfect solution for delicate items, pneumatic products, heavy parts, glass and other high value products. Foam-in-place is molded in real-time by combining two liquid foams in a high density polyethylene (HDPE) bag, film or a pre-fabricated mold. The mixture expands rapidly around the product being protected, creating a custom protective shell.


For very fragile items, there are numerous void fill options. Using air pillows, foam wrap or bubble wrap provides excellent cushion and insulation as the package is moved through transit to delivery.

Whatever packaging requirements you have, we have a solution to package and ship your products safely. From state-of-the-art foam to eco-friendly kraft paper, your products will arrive safely, and economically. PackEdge goes beyond shipping products and we will work closely with you to identify opportunities to lower costs, reduce product damage and enhance your customer’s experience.

Check out our void-fill options

PackEdge Corporation is a wholesale distributor of packaging systems and consumable products. We offer a variety of packaging equipment and products including stretch wrap, void fill, shrink film and more.

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