15 Surprisingly Roomy Pieces of Underseat Luggage

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If you're like most airline travelers, you keep busy during flights: working, reading, catching up on your favorite T.V. series — although sometimes you might just take a nap.No matter how you choose to spend your time, with underseat carry-on luggage, you can keep everything you need — your electronics, headphones, chargers, books, games, sweaters, and snacks — conveniently and securely nearby.

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The best small carry-on bags will fit under the seats in most aircraft, although sizes and configurations vary. You can even pack for a short trip in these underseat bags or carry that well-advised emergency change of clothes without taking up space in the overhead bin. The flight attendants will love you.The bags we have listed here are well within the average airline's underseat area (about 17 x 11 x 20 inches) and have been selected for their versatility, looks, and durability at various price points. The convenience and comfort of having your important items nearby will be worth the sacrifice of a little legroom.

These are the best pieces of underseat luggage to shop:
AmazonBasics Underseat Luggage with Wheels
Bric's X-Travel Pilot Case
Calpak Murphie Under-Seat Carry-On
London Fog Cambridge 2 Wheel Under The Seat Bag
Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Spinner Tote
Samsonite Spinner Underseat Luggage with USB Port
Briggs & Riley Rolling Cabin Bag
Delsey Paris Chalet Soft Air Luggage
Delsey Quilted Rolling Underseat Tote
Travelon 18-inch Wheeled Underseat Bag
Travelpro Maxlite 5 Rolling Underseat Carry-On
Away The Everywhere Bag
Samsonite Mobile Solution Wheeled Tote Bag
Wandf Foldable Duffle Bag

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AmazonBasics Underseat Luggage with Wheels

AmazonBasics Underseat Luggage Suitcase with Wheels
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Over 1,800 shoppers gave this AmazonBasics underseat suitcase a five-star review for a reason. Besides boasting a non-slip telescoping handle, the top-rated suitcase has a spacious front pocket to store items you need easy access to and weighs less than 5 pounds in total. Customers love how lightweight, easy-to-maneuver, and affordable it is.

To buy: amazon.com, $64

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Bric's X-Travel Pilot Case

X-Travel Pilot Case BRIC'S
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This softshell Bric's bag is a great option for business travelers. Not only does it fit perfectly under the seat, but it also has different pockets and compartments to keep all your belongings organized. Plus, it's water-resistant and comes with an interior laptop and tablet sleeve to keep your electronics safe.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $150 (originally $199)

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London Fog Cambridge 2 Wheel Under The Seat Bag

London Fog Cambridge Under The Seat Bag
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Looking to add a little polish to your travel look? Check out this chic houndstooth under-the-seat bag by London Fog. You can roll it around thanks to its aluminum push-button handle system or carry it as a top-handle bag. It also has a padded tablet compartment and multiple spacious pockets to store your items.

To buy: amazon.com, $145

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Samsonite Spinner Underseat Luggage with USB Port

Samsonite Spinner Underseat with USB Port - eBags Exclusive
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This Samsonite spinner suitcase has a built-in USB charging port so you can charge your devices while on the go. It also has a large main compartment, dedicated laptop pocket, and a sleeve on the back that allows you to attach it to larger rolling bags. Available in black, purple, and blue, it's a compact and practical bag.

To buy: amazon.com, $145

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Briggs & Riley Rolling Cabin Bag

Underseat Wheeled Bags
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The outsider handle on this bag provides an inner compartment with more capacity and a flat surface for packing. Interior pockets, larger exterior zippered sections, a padded tablet area, and end pockets keep belongings organized. Available in navy or olive nylon, this bag is both attractive and durable.

To buy: briggs-riley.com, $395

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Delsey Quilted Rolling Underseat Tote

Underseat Bags
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This stylish polyester bag has a roomy main compartment with interior pockets for small items. A padded section for tablets or e-readers and easy access front pocket keep contents accessible. It's easy to handle with inline wheels, and it can be slipped over the handle of a larger bag as well.

To buy: amazon.com, $80

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Delsey Paris Chalet Soft Air Luggage

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If you prefer a soft-sided carry-on bag, this lightweight-yet-sturdy pick from Delsey is the way to go. The top and bottom handles are easy to grab from under your seat, while the two silent spinner wheels allow you to navigate with ease. Even better, each suitcase comes with a 10-year warranty.

To buy: amazon.com, $288

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Travelon 18-inch Wheeled Underseat Bag

Cruise Lite Hardside 2.0 2 Wheeled Underseater
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You can travel with this versatile Travelon bag three different ways: carry it by its top handle, roll it using its telescopic handle, or use the back strap to attach it to a larger piece of luggage. Made with a slash-resistant material to protect your stuff from pickpockets, it also boasts multiple compartments and pockets of various sizes to keep your belongings in order.

To buy: amazon.com, $155

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Travelpro Maxlite 5 Rolling Underseat Carry-On

Travelpro Maxlite® 5 - Rolling Underseat Carry-On
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This Travelpro suitcase is made with a water-resistant material so you never have to worry about getting caught in an unexpected rainstorm. Not only does it have a roomy main compartment, but the bag's front pocket organization components make it easy to keep track of all of your smaller essentials, too.

To buy: amazon.com, $111 (originally $130)

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Away The Everywhere Bag

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With an array of colors and materials to choose from, you'll be able to find one you love with this practical, attractive bag by Away. In addition to six interior pockets and a padded laptop sleeve, the bag also has a roomy open inner compartment that provides lots of space. Plus, it can be carried by its top handles, worn as a crossbody thanks to its adjustable shoulder strap, or attached to a suitcase via its trolley sleeve.

To buy: awaytravel.com, $165

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Samsonite Mobile Solution Wheeled Tote Bag

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This lightweight nylon bag by Samsonite has a place for everything you want in your underseat carry-on bag. It has a large interior packing compartment, three outside pockets, and a removable padded section for your laptop. There's even a sleeve at the back that slides over the handle of a larger suitcase for easy transport. "I am a business consultant that travels six days a week," wrote one shopper. "I stayed with this style because I can pack it with my printer and computer. There's a lot of pockets to put my pens, markers, USB, charging port, docs, etc. The zips slide easily, the handle is sturdy, the wheels are durable than other brands."

To buy: amazon.com, $131

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Wandf Foldable Duffle Bag

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If you're looking for an ultra-lightweight underseat bag that won't weigh you down, Amazon shoppers recommend checking out this Wandf option. Not only is it waterproof, but it's also made from a unique ripstop material and folds up into a compact size, so it's easy to store when not in use.

To buy: amazon.com, $13

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Calpak Murphie Under-Seat Carry-On

Calpak Murphie Under-Seat
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Made from durable polyester, this cute carry-on bag from Calpak features a telescoping handle system and has a pass-through strap on the back so you can attach it to the handle of larger sized luggage. It has plenty of pockets to keep all your travel essentials organized, and it comes in two pretty colors.

To buy: calpaktravel.com, $110

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Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Spinner Tote

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In black or olive nylon, this versatile bag has an open packing compartment for clothing, a padded laptop or tablet sleeve, and exterior zipper pockets for easy access to your in-flight essentials. Dual spinner wheels, a contoured handle, and leather top and side grips make handling so easy you'll think the bag is empty.

To buy: travelpro.com, $238 (originally $280)

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Travelpro Crew Verapack Deluxe Bag

Travel Bags on Amazon
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If you prefer a duffel to a wheeled suitcase, this Travelpro option is a great choice. It's small enough to tuck snugly beneath the seat in front of you but big enough to have a spot for all of your short-trip essentials. The compact bag weighs less than 2 pounds and comes with an adjustable shoulder strap and durable locking zippers. It's also water- and stain-resistant and has a quick-access front pocket that lets you get to your in-flight essentials easily.

To buy: amazon.com, $95 (originally $110)

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