Items that may be brought on-board: Packing your hand baggage

There are rules for what items can travel with you in your hand baggage. This page outlines what can be brought with you on to the plane in your carry-on bag, including liquids, medicines and baby food. Small scissors, nail files or tweezers may be taken on-board if the sharp part is no longer than 6-cm. Most items are permitted on-board except those that appear on the list of dangerous and prohibited items.

Permitted in your bag

  • Liquids, gels, creams and pastes
    • Up to 100ml containers each
    • Placed in a transparent zip-lock bag, up to a maximum of 1 litre
    • 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

  • Firearms and other objects that fire projectiles or resemble them. Note: toy guns are also recognized as firearms during inspections.
  • 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

Always follow the instructions given by security staff. They can still refuse an item for safety reasons.

Liquids permitted in your hand baggage

You can take a 1 litre of liquids in your hand luggage in containers of 100ml each. The liquid content of each container must not exceed 100ml. Please put the liquids, gels, creams, pastes and aerosols in a re-sealable, transparent 1-litre bag.

At Schiphol, larger containers like your drink bottle 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 forget to check if custom rules apply.

Can you bring your drink bottle?

Yes, your drink bottle is allowed in your hand baggage and can be taken in your bag including their contents. Do you have a metal bottle? Then you must empty it first. Your drink bottle must be approved by the hand baggage scan and the member of security staff at the security check. Read more about drink bottles in this blog.

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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

You may put medication and dietary supplements in your hand baggage. You can carry packages that contain more than 100ml. If you are travelling 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How large can my hand baggage be?

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

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

You can take a pair of tweezers 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?

It’s better not to pack a bottle of alcohol when packing your hand baggage at home. Bottles of alcohol usually contain more than 100ml and bottles exceeding 100 ml are only allowed if approved by the CT scan and member of security staff. You can buy alcoholic beverages after security and take these with you in your hand baggage. Be aware that your purchase should be sealed if you have a stopover at another airport, otherwise you may encounter problems at security. The cashier will ask if you have a stopover, so you can avoid any issues.

Leave your alcohol at home or in a closed or sealed bottle, because it is not allowed to consume the alcohol you brought on the plane.

Are you planning on buying liquids or gels in containers of more than 100ml at Schiphol? Or have you bought something that you would prefer not to take with you? If you are flying to an EU destination, you can use our free Shop and Collect Service.

Can flower bulbs be carried in my hand luggage?

Yes, you can carry bulbs of tulips and other flowers in your hand luggage from Schiphol. However, please ensure that you check the import rules for your destination country to see whether you’re allowed to bring them with you by visiting IATA Travel Centre.

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