While under the effect of astral projection you have an astral body which has the following rules:

Your astral body resembles your mortal form in almost every way, replicating your game statistics and possessions.

I don't think that you keep stuff if you pick it normally because the following lines (but please correct me if I'm wrong).

Any damage or other effects that apply to it have no effect on your physical body, nor do they persist when you return to it.

It doesn't specifically say that you cannot pick up loot and take it with you, but it differentiates the astral form from the physical form in a way that they are in no way connected (except the cord).

But, my possessions are being replicated, also my bag of holding. If I pick something up in the astral plane and put it into my bag of holding, will it remain in there when I return to my physical body?

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    \$\begingroup\$ It might be useful to put the corollary in there, since it is pretty close to the same answer. If a possession is lost or destroyed on your astral body, is it OK when you return? \$\endgroup\$ – keithcurtis Jan 20 '17 at 4:36

No, you can't take things back from the Astral Plane, because you don't physically go there, your consciousness does.

See the following elucidation from the DMG:

The Astral Plane is the realm of thought and dream ,where visitors travel as disembodied souls to reach the Outer Planes.


Traveling through the Astral Plane by means of the astral projection spell involves projecting one's consciousness there

You only have gear with you as your consciousness manifests it, so you can "use" it on the Astral plane, but your real body and all your real stuff are back on the Prime Material. You can no more take gear back with you than you can take things back from a dream.


If you enter a new plane or return to the plane you were on when casting this spell, your body and possessions are transported along the silver cord, allowing you to re-enter your body as you enter the new plane.


When the spell ends, the affected creature returns to its physical body, and it awakens.

suggest that things acquired by the astral body will travel with that astral body back to your real body.


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