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 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 approximately one-and-a-half inches in height, plus about $20.
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 (yes, that includes Spirit).
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 bags. They’re stylish and have 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
Determining which one is best for you will depend on what you’re looking for in an underseat carry-on bag. The 18-inch is great for business travelers as it has a laptop sleeve and front tablet organizer, while the 15-inch comes with an extra carry-on tote if you’re an over-packer or plan on doing some shopping on your trip. Read the full SmarterTravel review of the 15-inch bag here.
Travelpro Luggage Maxlite4 Rolling Tote
The Travelpro Maxlite4 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 zippered internal pockets, an expander, and an external front zip pocket.
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’s 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, there’s an option for every kind of traveler.
BoardingBlue Spirit Airlines Personal Item Underseat
If you’re a frequent flier on Spirit or other budget airlines and want to avoid bag fees, this BoardingBlue Personal Item is a great choice for a carry-on bag that fits under the seat on those airlines. The bag has a roomy main compartment as well as a padded sleeve for a tablet or laptop and a mesh water bottle holder. It can be carried with the two attached shoulder straps or rolled.
Lucas Wheeled Under the Seat 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 that has 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 just be wary when selecting your seat on some airlines. Read the SmarterTravel review on the Lucas Wheeled Under the Seat Cabin Bag here.
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.
L.L. Bean Sportsman’s Expandable Underseat Bag
The L.L Bean Sportsman’s Expandable Underseat Bag will hold everything you need for a multiday trip, all in a carry-on bag that fits under your seat. The expandable zipper adds close to 25 percent more space, just be mindful it might not fit under your seat when expanded. However, reviews say the bag fits up to a week’s worth of clothes without expanding (if you’re a light packer). It also has a removable computer sleeve and a lined, liquid-safe pocket for convenience.
Hedgren Chassis 16″ Overnight Spinner
There aren’t many hard-top spinner bags out there that fit under the seat, but the Hedregn Chassis 16″ Overnight Spinner does the trick. It’s the perfect underseat carry-on luggage for a business traveler, thanks to a front pocket that opens up to a padded laptop and tablet compartment. The interior has two zippered main compartments and the main zippers lock on the side.
What to Pack in Your Underseat Carry-On Bag
Women’s Bright Dress Outfit
Men’s Casual Jean and Short Sleeve Button Down Outfit
Women’s Super Comfy Outfit
Men’s Super Comfy Outfit
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2016. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.