A self-opening sack bag (SOS bag) is a type of packaging that allows for easy access to the contents inside. It’s designed to stand on its own on a flat base, allowing users to open it with a flick of the wrist. This is what makes it one of th most convenient and efficient forms of packaging for brick and mortar locations sending customers home with their wares! Best of all, SOS bags come in various sizes and materials, making them suitable for a wide range of applications and products.

Custom printed SOS bags are an ideal canvas for logos, prints, or other ways of applying your branding or just some general graphics for some joie de vivre! Starting with a great design can capture your customers' attention, no matter the industry, gives you a distinct advantage in the fight for their favor. That, and these bags are often biodegradable and great for the environment, allowing you to take a step down the road to greater sustainability while enhancing your branding. No downsides here!

emblazon your custom SOS bag with your logo to speak to your customer even after they've left your store

Benefits of Customizing an SOS Bag

Customizing your SOS paper bag is simple and yields many benefits, including:

  • It can help you stand out from the competition.
  • You can include instructions to protect products on their journey to your customer, or even instructions directed to your customer for an optimal experience with the product inside.
  • Aesthetics matter and create a more professional look and feel, which can help to increase customer satisfaction.
  • Varying your designs can help distinguish one product from another while using the same kind of packaging.
our grease-resistant SOS bags are perfect for preserving food for your customer to enjoy

Types of SOS Bags

Since there are so many ways to use SOS paper bags, you’ll need to understand the right fit and style for your needs to make an informed choice. Here are the most common types:

Wholesale SOS Bags

Wholesale SOS bags are generally larger and designed for transporting large quantities of goods. These bags are typically made from thick, durable materials and reinforced with extra layers of protection, especially at the base. Wholesale SOS bags are ideal for shipping bulk orders, as they can provide extra protection for the contents inside and help to reduce the risk of damage during transit.  If you order from noissue, these bags are customizable with your branding and are available in kraft or white paper.

Standard SOS Bags

Standard SOS bags are smaller than wholesale SOS bags and are best used to transport smaller items. These bags are usually made from lightweight materials and have minimal reinforcement, making them ideal for everyday use. Standard SOS bags are perfect for items such as clothing, food, or cosmetics.

Grease-resistant SOS Bags

Grease-resistant SOS bags are designed specifically to protect contents from grease or moisture damage. Made from a thicker material designed to resist grease and moisture, they are ideal for transporting oily or greasy items, such as food or items that might leak, like cosmetics or liquids. If you're in the eCommerce vertical, this kind of bag is also perfectly suited to transporting items that are sensitive to moisture and humidity, like electronics or medical supplies.

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Choose the Right Bag for the Right Job

Deciding on the right bag might take a bit of experimenting. Although you can generalize with the above types of SOS bags, it’s important to make sure that your product fits, ships, or carries well in the type of style you think is best. Once the practicalities are out of the way, you can move on to the fun of designing a custom printed SOS bag that puts a smile on your (and your customer's) face.


When selecting an SOS bag, consider the size of the items it must hold. If the items are too large, then the bag may not be able to close properly or may be too bulky to transport easily. Oversized items could even rip the packaging, compromising the integrity of the bag.

On the other hand, if the items are too small, then the bag may not offer enough protection to stop the products from jostling. It’s also good to know how a bag manages stacks of items if more than one product is included.


It's also important to consider what type of product will be placed inside the bag. For example, if you are transporting food items, then you should opt for a grease-resistant SOS bag. If you are transporting electronics, you should opt for a standard SOS bag with extra reinforcement or fillers to protect the inside contents from damage during transport.

Accessories and Decorative Elements

Finally, you can customize your SOS bag by adding accessories and decorative elements such as labels, tags, or ribbons. These elements create a professional aesthetic that people remember and trust.

Whether stamping each bag for a rustic, casual look or including a hang tag or promotional card, get creative with how you want your customer to experience the opening of your product. Because the experience of opening a package is like receiving a gift–even if you bought it for yourself! Curating that experience from beginning to end is a surefire way to encourage a repeat customer.

It's a Wrap!

SOS bags offer many benefits when it comes to packaging products for transport or storage. They are convenient, efficient, and can be customized with accessories and decorative elements to make your product stand out from the crowd.

With so many SOS bags available, selecting the right one for your needs is important to ensure that your goods arrive safely and securely at their destination. Browse the noissue range to discover more.