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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.

Samsonite Spinner Underseater with USB PortSamsonite 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 10-year warranty from Samsonite.

AmazonBasics Underseat Luggage

AmazonBasics underseat luggage

This simple and affordable underseat carry-on bag comes in 10 color options and textures. It’s on the smaller side, weighing less than five pounds. It has more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, and travelers love it for its value and thoughtful design.

Samsonite Wheeled Underseater

The Samsonite Wheeled Underseater (available in both small and large sizes) is one of the top-rated underseat carry-on bags on Amazon—and for good reason. The difference between the two sizes is a few inches in height, plus about $25.

Both bags have in-line skate wheels and a retractable handle, internal packing compartments, a removable 3-1-1 pouch, a hanging organizer pouch, and a side water bottle pocket. Reviews say both sizes comply with all major domestic carriers for underseat carry-on luggage requirements (and yes, that includes Spirit).

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Aerolite Carry-on Underseat Wheeled Trolley Luggage Bag

Aerolite carry-on underseat wheeled trolley luggage bag

If you’re looking for a compact and lightweight bag that fits under your seat, look no further than Aerolite’s Carry-on Underseat bag. This bag is stylish and has multiple outer zipper compartments for essential travel items, plus a strap to hook over a larger suitcase. Both styles meet the underseat carry-on luggage requirements on American, Delta, Southwest, United, and Frontier.

Travelon Wheeled Underseat Carry-on Bag

Travelon makes an anti-theft underseat carry-on bag that fits a decent amount in the main compartment and has a retractable handle. It has an RFID-blocking pocket for cards, technology pockets, a laptop sleeve, and locking zippers to prevent theft.

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Travelpro Maxlite5 Rolling Tote

Travelpro luggage maxlite5 rolling tote

The Travelpro Maxlite5 Rolling Tote 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 lifetime warranty and has a water- and stain-resistant coating. Reviews note how much fits inside despite the bag’s small size. It has plenty of pockets to keep you organized.

Olympia Deluxe Fashion Rolling Overnighter

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.

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Lucas Wheeled Under the Seat Cabin Bag

LUCAS 16" wheeled underseat cabin bag

This top-rated bag on Amazon is great for travelers who are super organized packers. The Lucas Wheeled Under the Seat Cabin Bag has a large main compartment with a zippered fold-down flap for organizing items. The bag also comes with a hanging toiletry case, travel slippers, and a travel neck pouch. It’s on the larger side, so if you’re an over-packer, this is a great piece of underseat carry-on luggage.

Some reviews say the bag doesn’t always fit under an aisle seat, so be wary when selecting your seat on some airlines. Read the SmarterTravel review on the Lucas Wheeled Under the Seat Cabin Bag here.

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Delsey Quilted Rolling Underseat Tote

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.

High Sierra Endeavor Wheeled Underseat Carry-On

High sierra endeavor wheeled underseat carry-on

The High Sierra Endeavor underseat carry-on bag has superior organization features as well as extras like an expandable zippered side shoe pocket, a fully padded laptop compartment, and a mesh beverage pocket. The in-line wheels don’t take up precious space either, so this underseat bag is larger than most.

What to Pack in Your Underseat Carry-on Bag

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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.

By Ashley Rossi

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