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.
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
This simple and affordable underseat carry-on bag comes in 10 color options and textures. It’s on the smaller side, weighing only six pounds. It has over 500 five-star reviews on Amazon, and travelers love it for its value for money 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 approximately 1.5 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 (and 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. These bags are 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
Travelon also makes a 15-inch underseat carry-on bag that fits a decent amount in the main compartment and has a retractable handle. It 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 this underseat carry-on bag here.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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More from SmarterTravel:
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2016. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.