Alcohol packaging checklist

Alcohol packaging checklist

Checklist for success

Wine and other alcohols are perishable, and bottles break. Plus, different grapes have different temperature tolerances. It's important to use the right shipping materials to reduce the risk of spoilage and damage. Here are our top tips for shipping and packaging alcohol for safe transportation.


Avoid shipping your alcohol in extreme weather temperatures. In summer it's best to use an insulated box. You may also use our temperature-controlled wine shipping process where available. 


Use the right packaging materials and methods. We recommend using polystyrene inner packaging with a corrugated outer container. You can also use molded pulp or die-cut corrugated packaging.


Reinforce the bottom of the box with extra tape. Use a corrugated pad at the bottom of your package for added stability. Explore our How to Pack guides for expert advice on taping your package.


Directional arrows can’t always be honored, so wine bottles may be shipped in different orientations. Place your shipping label on the top of the box to increase the chance of shipment in the correct orientation.


Make sure your shipments comply with any applicable alcohol shipping laws. It’s illegal to ship alcohol through the mail across state or national lines unless you have a license. And an adult signature is required for the final delivery.


Avoid packaging that does the following:

  • Allows bottles to touch (like corrugated partitions)
  • Settles (like polystyrene peanuts)
  • Compresses (like wadded paper)


Bubble packaging is only acceptable when:

  • It’s at least two inches thick around the sides, top, and bottom of the bottles.
  • It’s attached securely to the bottles.
  • It’s accompanied by extra void fill when needed.


For more detailed recommendations and photos of packaging types and techniques, see our Wine Packaging Guide.