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10 Underseat Carry-On Bags You Can Take on Any Flight


If you’re worried your carry-on could be gate-checked on your next flight, check out these 10 top-rated underseat carry-on bags. Whether you’re a chronic over-packer or tried-and-true business traveler, there’s an underseat luggage option for every type of flyer.

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Samsonite Spinner Underseater with USB Port

This underseat carry-on bag from Samsonite is divided up into two main compartments, one larger section for clothes and shoes and one smaller section for your electronics and other in-flight essentials. This bag also has a USB port (battery not included) so you can charge your phone on the go, as well as 360-degree spinner wheels and a 3-year warranty from Samsonite.

Steve Madden Luggage Underseat Bag

This trendy underseat carry-on bag from Steve Madden comes in eight color options. It’s on the smaller side, weighing just five pounds. It has multiple exterior zipper pockets for easy access to things like your phone and chargers and is designed with an ergonomic retractable handle as well as carrying handles, so you can roll or carry this bag through the airport with ease.

Samsonite Eco Advance Wheeled Underseater

The Samsonite Eco Advance Wheeled Underseater is a must for eco-conscious travelers everywhere. Made completely from recycled plastic bottles, this lightweight suitcase features a USB port (battery not included), dual laptop and tablet sleeve, 360 degree spinner wheels, and retractable handle that can be adjusted in 1 inch increments for ultimate personalization. Best of all, with all these features, the bag still comes in at just 7.2 pounds.

Rockland Melrose Upright Wheeled Underseater

If you’re looking for a compact and lightweight bag that fits under your seat, look no further than the Rockland Melrose Upright Wheeled Underseater bag. The biggest draw for this quilted bag is its roomy main compartment and three-sided zipper opening, perfect for storing an extra outfit and any essentials you want to keep with you on the plane. Organize your smaller items into the two slip and two zippered pockets.

CALPAK Hue Mini Carry-On Luggage

The Hue Mini Carry-On from CALPAK is the perfect option for a the light packer who appreciates a pop of color in their travel gear. Available in classic colors like hazel and pink sand as well as limited options like this jade green, the Hue Mini pairs well with any style. At just 16″ x 14″ x 8″, it will fit under most typical airlines seats.

Maxlite5 Rolling Underseat Carry-On

The Maxlite5 Rolling Underseat Carry-On is the perfect investment if you’re looking for a long-term and durable carry-on bag that fits under your seat. It comes with Travelpro’s Built for a Lifetime Limited Coverage and has a water- and stain-resistant coating. It has plenty of pockets to keep you organized, including a padded laptop sleeve and plastic pocket for toiletries or other small items.

Olympia Deluxe Fashion Rolling Overnighter

This Olympia Rolling Overnighter is perfect for business travelers who are looking for a carry-on bag that fits under the seat. It is extremely durable and can handle items like folders, binders, and laptops. It has a separate padded laptop compartment and a roomy main compartment, as well as a front zipper pocket and two side Velcro pockets. Available in five colors, it has an option for every kind of traveler.

Lily Bloom Wheeled Cabin Tote

While you may purchase an underseat bag for practicality, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a little fun. The Lilly Bloom Wheeled Cabin Tote fits under most airline seats and comes in twelve dynamic patterns to let you show off your personality to your seatmates. Perfect as an overnight bag or for a weekend trip for light packers, this bag weighs in at just 4 pounds!

Delsey Quilted Rolling Underseat Tote

The Delsey Quilted Rolling Underseat Tote has a roomy main compartment coupled with lots of interior and exterior pockets for organization. It’s also a stylish, rolling carry-on bag that fits under your seat and has two shoulder straps as well as a sleeve on the back so it can attach to a larger suitcase.

American Tourister Expandable Softside Luggage

American Tourister rolling softside luggage in teal

This underseater from American Tourister has multiple zippered pockets, compression straps, and an ergonomically designed push-button handle The in-line wheels don’t take up precious space either, making this bag larger than others on the list but still compact at just 7 lbs.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2016. It has been updated to reflect the most current information. Codey Albers contributed to this story.

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