Individuals should ship food in a sturdy, new corrugated box. Inside the box, individuals may snugly pack the food in tins or well-sealed jars or bottles. Wrapping food securely in plastic wrap or aluminum foil provides increased protection.
Bubble wrap or plastic packing peanuts provide adequate cushioning for shipping most food products. Glass jars and other fragile items require at least 2 inches of cushioning to prevent breakage. Individuals should avoid using newspaper for packing material, because it does not provide enough protection. If the food requires refrigeration, individuals may place a Styrofoam cooler inside the shipping box. Dry ice or frozen gel packs typically keep the food adequately cool throughout the shipping process.