Hand baggage - Prepare your bags for travel

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.

Items that may be brought on-board

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. Please contact us if you want to check whether a particular item is allowed in your hand baggage.

Permitted

  • 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

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

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

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Liquids in hand baggage

You can only carry liquids, gels, spray cans (aerosols), creams and pastes in your hand baggage if they are held in containers of up to 100ml. Please place the containers in a transparent 1 litre zip-lock bag. Anything above that must be placed into your check-in baggage.

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Place your electronic devices and bag containing liquid items on top of your hand baggage for faster processing at Security.

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.

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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.

Customs and hand baggage

There are customs rules to consider as well as security rules before you travel. These rules apply to both hand and check-in baggage and contain directives about the transportation of medicines, meat, plants, large sums of money and items made from protected or endangered species. Please also ensure that you check the customs rules for the country you are flying to, as they may differ from those in the Netherlands.

Convenient hand baggage services

  • Shop and Collect

    Many items you buy at Schiphol can be stored until you return.

  • 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 check the maximum dimensions and weight with the airline you are flying with.

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 I bring a jar of peanut butter or chocolate spread with me?

Yes, you can but only if the jar is under 100ml. However, you can also buy peanut butter and other spreads after security, or simply wrap them carefully and put them in your check-in baggage.

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.

I would like to bring medication for a friend or family member. Is this allowed?

Yes, this is allowed. You will need the following documents for this:

  • Medical passport for the person concerned
  • A GP’s declaration with the name of the person for whom it is intended and the name of the person who will carry it.

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