Special baggage

From surfboard to golf bag, you can take all kinds of special baggage with you!
 

Important: reserve for special baggage

Because of limited space on our aircraft, you need to reserve for the transportation of some types of special baggage as early as possible – no later than 48 hours before departure. You can easily do this on KLM.com: log in to My Trip, go to the "Passenger details" tab and scroll down to "Baggage". Or, contact the KLM Customer Contact Centre.

Make sure that the reservation is confirmed before departure to ensure that you can take your special baggage with you.

 

Wedding dress

You can bring your wedding dress into the cabin instead of a piece of hand baggage if it is packed in a clothing bag. Please make sure the bag meets the weight and size restrictions. Check the rules for hand baggage.

You can also choose to bring a wedding dress as check-in baggage, or instead of extra check-in baggage bought in advance. You do not need to make a reservation for transportation of your wedding dress.

On KLM flights within Europe with Boeing 737, Embraer 190 and Embraer 175 aircraft, we have limited storage space in the cabin, so you can only bring a wedding dress as check-in baggage.

 

Musical instruments

You can bring your musical instrument in one of 3 ways:

1. As check-in baggage
Your musical instrument may weigh max. 23 kg (50,5 lbs) in Economy Class and max. 32 kg (70,5 lbs) in Business Class. It must be packed in a hard suitcase. Please make sure that your instrument is properly packed, as we are not liable for any damage. An extra fee applies if your instrument is larger than L + W + H 158 cm (62 inch) or weighs more than 23 kg (50,5 lbs) in Economy Class.

If your instrument weighs more than 32 kg (70,5 lbs) or measures more than L + W + H 300 cm (118 inch), please make a reservation via the KLM Customer Contact Centre. You will need to pay a fee. Please make your reservation as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours before departure.

2. As hand baggage
A smaller musical instrument, such as a violin or smaller instrument, you can bring in the cabin instead of a piece of hand baggage. It needs to fit in the overhead baggage compartment.

3. On an extra seat
Larger instruments which do not fit in the overhead baggage compartment or under the seat can be taken into the cabin to be transported on a seat. Your instrument can be no longer than 140 cm (55 inch) and no heavier than 45 kg (100 lbs). This seat needs to be booked in advance via the KLM Customer Contact Centre.

 

Bicycles and tandems

You can take a (foldable) bicycle or tandem (non-electric) of max. 23 kg (including the bike box) with you for a fee, provided that it is packed in a box, container or bag that is specifically designed for bike transportation. The maximum dimensions for this bike box are 176.5 x 23.0 x 101.5 cm (69 x 9 x 40 in). The best way to protect your bike is by using a hardcover casing. However, a softcover casing is also allowed if it includes an internal protective packing material.

  • The handlebars should be turned lengthways along the frame, pedals and other protruding parts should be removed, and tire pressures should be reduced.
  • Special KLM bike boxes are available at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for EUR 20 each. They are within the maximum dimensions. The KLM bike box weighs 4.5 kg / 10 lbs.
  • Please note: due to international regulations you cannot take an e-bike or electric bicycle with you.
  • Reserve the transport of your bicycle or tandem as early as possible and no later than 48 hours before departure online in My Trip or by calling the KLM Customer Contact Centre. You’ll need to provide the dimensions and weight of your bike and bike box when reserving the transport via telephone.

Read more about taking special baggage.

 

Golf bags

A set of golf equipment may consist of a golf bag containing only clubs, balls and a pair of golf shoes.

You can bring a set of golf equipment as check-in baggage, or instead of extra check-in baggage bought in advance. Let us know via MyTrip to make sure you can bring your set of golf equipment.

Flying Blue Golf Club

If you are a member of the Flying Blue Golf Club and all flights in your trip are operated by KLM, Air France (including HOP!), or Air Corsica, you may take 1 golf bag of max. 23 kg (50.5 lbs) with you free of charge on top of your standard baggage allowance. You will need to bring a Flying Blue Golf voucher 

 

Skis and snowboards

A set of (water-) ski or snowboard equipment may consist of one of the following:

  • A board (in a bag: max. length 300 cm / 118 inch) and a pair of snowboard boots
  • A pair of (water) skis, 2 ski poles and a pair of ski boots

You can bring one of the above sets as check-in baggage, or instead of extra check-in baggage bought in advance. You do not need to reserve for transportation of ski or snowboard equipment.

An avalanche rescue backpack can be taken instead of a piece of hand- or (extra arranged) check-in baggage, or packed inside your hand – or check-in baggage. You always need to reserve for its transportation via telephone. On flights to, from and via the United States, avalanche rescue backpacks with an explosive trigger mechanism are not allowed in hand – or check-in baggage.

 

Surfing equipment

  • Surf equipment may contain a (wind, kite, wave, boogie or body) surfboard and must be packed in a surfboard bag.
  • Windsurf equipment may consist of a board, mast, sail and boom and must be packed in 1 package, preferably in a 'quiver bag'.
  • Kitesurf equipment may consist of a board and a kite bag and must be packed in 1 package, preferably in a kite bag.

You can bring one of the above sets of surf equipment instead of a suitcase for flights operated by KLM, Air France or Hop! and ticketed with a KL, AF or A5 flight number. When travelling to or from Canada, Mexico and the United States, or flights operated by other airlines, a fee may apply. You need to reserve for transportation of surf equipment if it is larger than 107 cm (42 inch). Your surf equipment (including bag) of max. 300 cm (118 inch) may weigh max. 23 kg (50,5 lbs) in Economy Class, and max. 32 kg (70,5 lbs) in Business Class.

 

Diving equipment

A set of dive equipment may consist of a wetsuit, vest, socks, mask, shoes, flippers, knife and regulator. Dive lamps must be transported as hand baggage, with the bulb and batteries removed.

You can bring a set of dive equipment as check-in baggage, or instead of extra check-in baggage bought in advance. You need to reserve for transportation of a set of dive equipment.

Please note: Air cylinders (scuba tanks) must be empty and the valve should be open or removed. You always need to reserve for transportation of air cylinders, which can only be taken at a special fee.

 

Fishing equipment

A set of fishing equipment of max. 300 cm (118 inch) may weigh max. 23 kg (50,5 lbs) in Economy Class and max. 32 kg (70,5 lbs) in Business Class and may consist of rods, a reel, a landing net, a pair of fishing boots and a fishing tackle box. These must be packed together in 1 package.

You can bring a set of fishing equipment as check-in baggage, or instead of extra check-in baggage bought in advance. You do not need to reserve for transportation of fishing equipment.

 

Weapons for shooting and hunting sports

Do you want to bring firearms and ammunition for sports and hunting purposes? These may only be transported as check-in baggage. Make sure to have the appropriate licences and reserve for transportation well in advance.

Aside from a weapon or a weapon case, you may bring max. 5 kg sports/hunting ammunition, a shooting mat, small tools and hearing protector.

Read more about bringing firearms and ammunition
 

Other sports equipments

You can bring other types of sports equipment if it meets the following requirements:

  • L + W + H max. 300 cm (118 inch)
  • Max. 23 kg (50,5 lbs) in Economy Class
  • Max. 32 kg (70,5 lbs) in Business Class

For transporting larger or heavier items, you will need to pay a fee, and you always need to reserve via the KLM Customer Contact Centre - as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours before departure.