Special baggage

You can bring different kinds of unusual and special baggage with you on your KLM flight: your bicycle, sports equipment, musical instrument, extra items for kids, or a wedding dress. Here, you’ll find out how to bring them with you and when to make a reservation.

Sports equipment

Sometimes you will have to make a reservation for the transport of your equipment or need to pay an extra fee, so please check the requirements for your specific sports items.

Special baggage for kids

On top of your kids’ bags, you can bring some extra items. Sometimes you will have to make a reservation, so please check the requirements for your specific items.

Musical instruments

You can bring your instrument as hand baggage, checked baggage or transport it on an extra seat, depending on the size and weight.

Instruments as hand baggage

You can bring your musical instrument on board with you if it has the size of a regular hand baggage item: maximum 55 x 35 x 25 cm and up to 12 kg in Economy Class or 18 kg in Business Class. In that case, you don’t have to make a reservation.

Instruments on an extra seat

If your musical instrument is up to 140 cm and up to 45 kg, you can bring it on board with you storing it on an extra seat. Please note that you need to book this seat in advance by contacting us.

Instruments as checked baggage

You can bring your musical instrument instead of an item of checked baggage. Is your instrument heavier or larger than allowed in your ticket? You'll have to pay the excess fee for overweight or oversized baggage.

Does your musical instrument weigh between 32 kg and 45 kg or is it larger than 300 cm (length + width + height)? You’ll have to make a reservation to bring it with you. Please arrange this as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours before departure.

Instruments as cargo

Does your musical instrument weigh more than 45 kg? Unfortunately, we cannot transport it for you. Please contact a third-party shipping company to help you with transportation.

Wedding dress

First things first: congratulations on your wedding day! You can always bring your dress instead of an item of checked baggage.

If you’re flying intercontinental and there’s enough storage space, you can bring it on board with you instead of an item of hand baggage. Please make sure it’s packed in a clothing bag that meets the regular hand baggage weight and size restrictions. If there’s not enough storage space, we'll ask you to check it in at the gate.

Urn

We’re sorry for your loss. You can bring an urn either in your hand baggage or checked baggage, as long as it’s not made of metal and you contact us beforehand. Make sure it’s sealed and wrapped, so other passengers cannot identify it as an urn. You also need to show the crematorium certificate during the security check at the airport.

Other types of special baggage

Is your item not mentioned on this page? Always contact your travel agency or the KLM Customer Contact Centre to be sure what you can bring.