Items that may be brought on-board: Hand baggage

There are rules for what items can travel with you in your hand baggage and what items must be left behind. To help you prepare, this page outlines what can be brought with you on to the plane in your hand baggage, including liquids, medicines and baby food.

Prepare your bags

Most items are permitted on-board except those that appear on the list of dangerous and prohibited items below. Small scissors, nail files or tweezers may be taken on-board if the sharp part is no longer than 6-cm.

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You can store your passport and boarding pass in your bag or coat. You do not need this for the security check.


  • Liquids, gels, creams and pastes
    • Up to 100ml containers
    • Placed in a transparent 1 litre zip-lock bag
    • One bag per person
  • Medicines and dietary supplements with a doctor’s certificate
  • Baby food
  • Liquids bought after security if sealed and accompanied by a receipt
  • Small file, tweezers or scissors to a max of 6cm
  • Cameras, tablets and laptops
  • Cheese and other food items. Please note: Liquid and spreadable cheese or food products fall under the liquids rules!

Not permitted

  • Liquids in containers that contain more than 100ml
  • Firearms and other objects that fire or resemble firearms – like toy guns that look authentic
  • Anaesthetic devices
  • Objects with a sharp tip or edge that may cause serious injury
  • Blunt instruments that can be used as a weapon
  • Explosive and flammable substances
  • Also check this list of prohibited items

Please contact us if you want to check whether a particular item is allowed in your hand baggage. Always follow the instructions given by security staff. They can still refuse an item for safety reasons.

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Liquids permitted in your hand baggage

All liquids brought on-board in your hand baggage must be stored in containers that hold a maximum of 100ml. That includes gels, spray cans (aerosols), creams and pastes. The containers must be stored in a re-sealable transparent 1-litre bag, and one bag is permitted per person. If you wish to bring more liquids, they must be stored in your hold baggage.

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For faster security clearance, we recommend keeping your liquids and electronic items within reach at the top of your hand baggage.

Medicines and baby food

Medication and dietary supplements can be included in your hand luggage. You can carry packages that contain more than 100ml, as long as you can prove you need them with a doctor’s certificate. If you are traveling with a baby of up to 1.5 years old, baby food may also be included in your hand baggage.

Customs and hand baggage

Customs has its own set of rules, just like security. Some restricted items may be permitted in limited supply or forbidden outright, when travelling to or from the Netherlands. Restricted items include drinks, tobacco, medicines, meat, fish, (products made of) protected animal and plant species, as well as large sums of cash.

Convenient hand baggage services

  • Baggage storage

    A day trip to Amsterdam without heavy luggage.

  • Small Bags Only

    If you’re only carrying a small bag, you can use the Small Bags Only queue.

Frequently Asked Questions

How large can my hand baggage be?

The rules about size and weight of your hand baggage varies by airline. Please contact the airline you are flying with to check the maximum dimensions and weight of your hand baggage. Please also contact your airline for rates for (extra) hold baggage.

Can I bring a pair of tweezers, a pocket knife or a razor blade into my hand baggage?

You can take a tweezer or pocket knife into the plane if the sharp part (the blade) is no longer than 6cm. A razor blade is only allowed if it is a safety razor blade or disposable razor in a fixed holder. Loose or open blades are not allowed in your hand baggage.

Here too, security staff can refuse an item for safety reasons.

I have a long layover. Can I store my baggage at the airport while I go to Amsterdam for a day trip?

Yes. You can use our baggage depot in the basement between Arrivals 1 and 2, to temporarily store your hand baggage as well as your hold baggage. Read more about storing your baggage at Schiphol, the opening hours and costs.

Can I bring a pet with me in my hand baggage?

Small pets are permitted in the flight cabin on a number of airlines. It depends on your pet’s weight and size, as well as the dimensions of your pet carrier. Please check the rules with your airline.

Read more about pets at Schiphol

Can you take food in hand luggage?

Yes, you are allowed to take food on the plane. But be aware of packaged food that fall under the liquid rules, such as a jar or tube of yoghurt, mayonnaise, peanut butter or chocolate spread. Did you take food with you in your hand baggage, but did not eat it in the plane? Then keep in mind the specific customs import rules at your destination.

Can I bring a bottle of alcohol that I buy at Schiphol on to the plane with me?

The bottle can be included in your hand baggage, but only if you buy it after security. Your items need to be sealed if you have a stopover at another airport. The cashier will ask if you have a stopover, and will seal your items for you.

If you are planning to buy liquids or gels at Schiphol that contain more than 100ml, or have purchased products that you would rather not take with you on a trip, simply use the free Shop and Collect Service. The service is available for EU citizens only.

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