best underseat luggage

These minor carry-on cases are designed to fit neatly beneath the seat in front of you during your journey and are lightweight, compact, and easy to handle. These are a great alternative to typical carry-on luggage because they provide easy access to your items.

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Key Features for Underseat Luggage

When selecting the best under-seat carry-on for your needs, including appearance, style, and even capacity, there are several factors to consider.

Weight

Most under-seat bags and cases are lightweight by design due to their lower dimensions. They’ll typically weigh only a few pounds when empty, but many are composed of robust and durable soft-side material like ripstop nylon.

Size

Each airline has its own guideline about the proper size for under-seat luggage, as is typically the case for luggage restrictions. Most under-seat bags must be smaller than ordinary carry-on luggage and measure roughly 16 x 14 x 8 inches as a rule of thumb.

Some low-cost airlines have recently revised their regulations and started charging a small fee for storing your carry-on bags in the overhead compartment. Dedicated underseat bags and cases are spacious enough to be helpful while compact enough to be classified as a free “personal item” on most flights because they are only a few inches smaller.

Compartments and Pockets

Remember that these are the smallest cases available. Thus, the primary storage area will only be enough for a night or two on the road. Some of the most outstanding examples also have a variety of zippered and mesh storage pockets to keep your smaller belongings safe and secure.

External pockets are also essential, as you’ll need quick access to your passport, boarding pass, wallet, phone, and the like while traveling.

Wheels

You could carry your bag with you, but why sweat the minor stuff when you can wheel it behind you neatly? Most of these cases have smooth-rolling, multi-directional spinning wheels, plus retractable handles for greater agility.

These minor cases are incredibly versatile, with additional grab handles for easy lifting when you need to and clever straps on the back that allow you to fit your underseat bag over the handle of your full-size spinner.

Other Features

Some bags have useful extras that boost value and convenience. Dedicated shoe pockets, for example, keep dirty shoes apart from clean apparel. At the same time, other storage solutions like card slots, organizer panels, and even key chains make it easy to stay organized.

USB ports are a convenient way for tech-savvy travelers to charge devices on their travels, but keep in mind that you’ll need to have your own power bank.

Best Underseat Luggage 2022

Here we have our choice for the best underseat luggage bags by type and style:

Best Underseat Backpack 2022

Winner: 10X Leather Laptop Backpack

Pros:

  • Fits under airline seats
  • Convertible bag for every situation
  • Unisex
  • Top and side handles
  • Full grain leather
  • Can convert from backpack to shoulder bag
  • Fits up to 15.6 inch laptop or tablet.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, or red.

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Best 15-Inch Laptop Underseat Bag

essential modern briefcase laptop bag brown

Winner: Essential Modern Briefcase

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Detachable shoulder strap
  • 15.6 inch laptop zipper pocket
  • Large external pocket.
  • Two large zipped internal pockets
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in black, brown, or tan.

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Best 17-Inch Laptop Underseat Bag

CITY large brown leather laptop briefcase

Winner: CITY Large Laptop Briefcase

Pros:

  • 17 inch laptop compartment.
  • Full grain leather.
  • Handmade in Florence, Italy.
  • Soft cotton lining.
  • Durable YKK brass zippers.
  • Spacious design, without being bulky.
  • Can be personalized.

The CITY large is available in black, brown, or tan leather.

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Best Underseat Tote Bag

elegance leather laptop tote bag in red

Winner: Elegance Leather Tote Bag

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • 14 inch laptop sleeve.
  • 2 spacious inner compartments.
  • Perfect for travel.
  • Personal item size for flying.
  • Detachable shoulder strap.
  • Extra internal pockets.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, or red leather.

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Best Small Lightweight Underseat Luggage

Prime Women's Leather Backpack from Von Baer

Winner: Prime Leather Backpack

Pros:

  • Professional - It has a minimalist yet structured design.
  • Quality - it's made from full grain leather.
  • Large - it has multiple pockets and compartments to store everything you need on the go.
  • Laptop compartment - it has a sleeve to carry up to a 14" laptop.
  • Colours - available in Tan or Black.

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Best Leather Underseat Luggage for International Travel

Winner: 10X Leather Laptop Backpack

Pros:

  • Fits under airline seats
  • Convertible bag for every situation
  • Unisex
  • Top and side handles
  • Full grain leather
  • Can convert from backpack to shoulder bag
  • Fits up to 15.6 inch laptop or tablet.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, or red.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to fit a carry-on bag under the seat?

As many carry-on bags are too large to fit under airplane seats, it’s better to seek a case or bag that fulfills your airline’s personal item regulations.

Is it possible to fit a backpack under an airplane seat?

A variety of backpacks are available that fit under an airline seat. Ensure the backpack’s dimensions do not exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches. Backpacks have the advantage of more give in the material and are easier to place beneath the seat than under-seat suitcases.

Related:

Does under-seat luggage count as a personal item?

Under-seat luggage is often constructed with dimensions that fit beneath the front seat and meet the personal item requirements. Obviously, this hinges on the airline you fly with. American Airlines, for instance, classifies an individual item as 18 x 14 x 8 inches or less. It’s essential to the airline you’ll be flying with.

What’s the best way to pack an under-seat bag?

Since under-seat bags are substantially smaller than standard carry-ons, you must pack more carefully. Pack clothes that you can wear multiple times, leave things at home if possible, bring travel-sized versions of items, and roll your garments to have more space available.

Is it possible to place a duffel bag under an airplane seat?

If you fly with a minor duffel fitting under the seat in front of you, you will be allowed to bring it on board as a personal item. If you’re flying Basic Economy, use your duffel as overflow from your carry-on or as your only bag.

Related:

Does small luggage fit under the seat of a plane?

Although sizes and configurations vary, the best tiny carry-on luggage fits under the seats on most aircraft. You may even use these under-seat bags to pack for a short trip or carry that much-needed emergency change of clothes without taking up space in the overhead bin. Flight attendants will love you for it.

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our article on the best underseat luggage bags.

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Author: Albert Varkki
Albert Varkki is the co-founder of Von Baer. He understands leather products as a consumer, supplier, and a manufacturer, helping you with the inside knowledge you need, to choose the perfect leather product for you. Connect on Linkedin

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