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Primary packaging: everything you need to know

Gianni Linssen
Written by
Gianni Linssen
/ Published on
May 17, 2023
Workers controlling and packaging in the COPA room

In order to protect your product adequately, you will need to have the right packaging. The fitting packaging solution will protect your products from the inside and outside. Additionally, it will need to meet sustainability standards, as well as shipping requirements. And of course be appealing to the customer. Packaging for products may seem simple and forward at first, however, it can be a quite complex process. In this blog post, you will get to know everything about primary packaging.

Primary packaging definition

Thus, what is primary packaging? It refers to the first layer of packaging that is directly attached to a product. It means that it is the last layer removed by the customer when unboxing. The main purpose of primary packaging is to protect the product from moisture, air, light and temperature. It also prevents the product from other external factors, such as dust and bacteria. No matter the product, the primary packaging needs to be of utmost quality.

Importance of primary packaging

As already briefly stated, primary packaging is essential to preserve the right condition of the product. Thus, the packaging is meant to be functional and ensure safety: it is the fundamental, or primary, component of the packaging.


Appearance is another crucial piece of the puzzle that cannot be left out: packaging plays a big role in product marketing. Generally, it is the first thing a costumer observes when considering a purchase. For that reason, primary packaging needs to be eye-catching and attractive. Manufacturers of packaging have developed over the years, which makes them more efficient in supplying packaging with logos, brand names and other graphics to make the product stand out. It also allows you to put product information right on the product, so customers have direct access to the data. However, this information could also be located on the secondary or tertiary packaging.

Customer experience

In the end, consumer experience is key. For that reason, primary packaging should entail convenience features for the end-user. For instance, resealable closure to allow the products to be used multiple times. Having a functional primary packaging that is easy to use will make you a significant payer in the market. It is crucial and unavoidable in the designing process, as you do not want your customers to struggle with opening a packaging.


Primary packaging examples

Primary packaging can take various forms, all depending on the nature of the product being packed. Examples of primary packaging are:

  • Bottle for liquid products
  • Box for solid products
  • Blister packaging for medication
  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass vials

Another trendy example of outstanding primary packaging is the drawer of Locked4Kids. It consists of a plastic tray that hold the products, such as medicines. This tray should be pulled out like a drawer. It only works when the two hooks on the tray are pressed simultaneously. In this way, it secures child safety. Next to the fact that it properly preserves the condition of the product and the convenient usage, it also legally qualifies as childproof primary packaging. This example of primary packaging shows the importance of the right packaging in practice.


Primary packaging is a critical aspect of product management, straddling the worlds of functionality, aesthetics, and customer experience. Whether you’re a retailer, e-commerce business, or a packaging manufacturer, understanding the role and importance of primary packaging can help you elevate your product offering, align with sustainability standards, meet shipping requirements, and captivate your target customers.

Primary packaging is the first point of interaction between your product and the consumer, and as such, it’s an invaluable opportunity to make a lasting impression. By prioritizing primary packaging, you can strike a balance between product protection, brand promotion, and consumer convenience, ultimately securing your place in the competitive market landscape.

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