Gel, cream, ointment, paste and aerosols: Liquids in hand baggage

Many items fall into the category of ‘liquids’. When you prepare your hand baggage, please check what items are considered ‘liquids’ by cross-referencing the lists below. Doing so will allow you to clear security in a smooth fashion.


Take your own hand sanitising gel in your hand baggage. Please check that the hand gel is in a container of no more than 100ml.

Volumes of liquid permitted on-board

You can take 1 litre of liquids in your hand baggage in containers of 100ml each. Smaller or open packaging is also allowed. Please put the liquids, gels, creams, pastes and aerosols in a re-sealable, transparent 1-litre bag.

At Schiphol, larger containers are only permitted if they are cleared by the scan and by a member of security staff. If you want to be sure that you won’t have to hand something over, you should pack it in your hold baggage. That way, it will also be allowed on the return journey and when making a transfer at another airport. Not all airports have innovative CT scans that are able to check liquids. Don’t foget to check if custom rules apply.

This is considered a liquid item

Liquid items may be water, soft drinks and fruit juice – but for liquids in your hand baggage, we also mean other liquids like gels, creams, ointments, pastes and aerosols. Here are some examples of items that fall under the liquid rules for hand baggage:


  • Water
  • Soft drink
  • Fruit juice
  • Face cleanser and toner
  • Shampoo
  • Etc.


  • Body wash
  • Hair gels
  • Lip gloss
  • After sun gel
  • Green soap
  • Etc.

Cream and ointment

  • Moisturiser
  • Eye cream
  • Skin care
  • Suntan lotion
  • Medicinal salves
  • Lip balm and ChapStick
  • Etc.


  • Toothpaste
  • Peanut butter
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Etc.


  • Hair spray
  • Deodorant
  • Spray paint
  • Insect repellent
  • Etc.

Don’t forget your water bottle

Many people travel with a water bottle because it’s important to stay hydrated during your flight. You may take your water bottle with you if it has been approved by a member of security staff and the hand baggage scan. It’s better to empty the bottle before going through security, just to be sure. After security and the passport control area, you will be able to refill your water bottles at the washroom facilities.

Medicines and baby food

You are always allowed to bring medication, dietary supplements and baby food with you that you need on your trip. Read more about medicines and baby food in your hand baggage.

Prepare for your flight