How To Buy A Carry-on, Underseat Overnighter That Doesn’t Suck

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As a woman business traveler, there is a constant struggle between form and function. Also a constant push and pull between being able to carry-on what is required to make your circus twirl everyday during a business trip or packing a larger bag that requires you to check your luggage.

If you choose to use any suitcase larger than carry-on size you must check your luggage. Most commononly, there are two size options, either 24 or 30 inches in height. Larger suitcases are available up to 36 inches,however, it will be necessary to check a bag this size and extra fees will be applied and additional charges may be levied for excess weight per bag.

A more economical choice would be an underseat roller bag. Underseat roller bags offer an efficient and easy option for the woman business traveler embarking on a one or two day trip. There are a myriad of buying options when it comes to underseat roller bags. You can purchase purple luggage, green luggage or blue, but more importantly, you can purchase a functional, value-featured piece of luggage to sustain you through years of business and personal travel if you carefully consider the features and functions you most require to make your travels easy and enjoyable.

There are three basic types of roll-on underseat bags available for purchase: Soft-sided carry-on underseat bags, lightweight carry-on underseat bags and bags specifically geared toward the short trip business traveler.  There are also bags that offer special features like easily accessible accesorie pockets and USB charging ports.

Also, make sure the underseat luggage you acquire meets the allowable size standards for most airlines.  According to IATA, an acceptable carry on bag can be no longer than 56 cm (22″) in length, 45 cm (18″) in width and 25 cm (10″) in depth.  These measurements must include all protrusions (wheels, handles, etc.).

You are also allowed to bring a personal item aboard (backpack, purse, messenger bag).

My choices for best lightweight carry-on underseat bags with wheels:

1.  Nicole Miller Underseat Roll-on


The NICOLE MILLER UNDERSEAT CARRY-ON is constructed of a fashionable and durable nylon material that will withstand the rigors of travel. Fully lined interior and multiple interior and exterior packing compartments make this an ideal bag for a variety of your travel needs. Whether a quick getaway or an extended trip, the underseat carry-on fits your needs.

AIRPLANE FRIENDLY MULTI-PURPOSE DESIGN: The perfect carry-on bag for airline travel and small enough to be your underseat personal item on major airlines; The lightweight construction of this rolling bag makes airport travel a breeze. Your ideal overnight weekend boarding bag for business or personal travel. NOTE: BAG WEIGHT = 5 lbs, CASE SIZE = 15 X 9 X 14 inch

BUILT FOR COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE; You can easily drag this 2-wheeled backpack along the airport with its ergonomic handle providing easy maneuverability and relieve any pressure from your arms while on the move.

TELESCOPIC Push Button handle system that makes for a comfortable grip that won’t hurt your hand.

2.  Women’s Croc Vegan Leather TSA Compliant 360-Wheeled Rolling Carry-On 15″ Laptop Travel Bag –  

Harlequin 360 Wheeled Rolling Carry-On is TSA size approved, has a retractable handle, and a bottom strap to assist you when lifting into the overhead of the airplane. Plenty of interior storage pockets for teachers, doctors, nurses, sales women, college students, and travelers.   Available in blue or black.

Removable, padded 15” laptop sleeve protects your tech items. Laptop sleeve can be attached to bag interior by velcro tabs or removed when going on a girls’ weekend trip.

Exterior, padded 10” tablet pocket is great for quick-grab items. Pocket keeps items secure with snap closures.

Made of blue crocodile vegan leather, silver hardware, & black and white striped interior lining, so you can easily find items inside.

16″ L x 8″ W x 18″ H


3.  Kemyer 15 Inch Underseater Spinner With Laptop Pocket- Carry-On Wheeled Luggage (Leopard) –

Made of high quality polyester material with a fully lined interior and padded pockets for laptop and/or Ipad.

Vertical 15″ carry-on designed to fit under an airplaine seat.

Multi-directional 360 degree spinning wheels with a telescopic handle system.

The bag features two exterior pockets for extra storage space on the go.  Oversize #8 size zippers for closure security on the main packing compartment.

The top handle is PVC covered to ensure ease of use.

Dimensions :  15″ x 14″ x 8″.

My choices for best overall underseat bags for short business trips:

1. London Fog Cambridge 15″ 8 Wheel Under Seat Bag, Black White Houndstooth or Brown White Houndstooth –

This 8-wheel spinning underseat bag is designed to comfortably fit underneath most standard airline seats.

This bag is extremely versatile and can be used as a rolling daily tote, a business case or as an Overnighter. The case features a padded tablet compartment and zippered organizer pockets, as well as, hidden locking aluminum handle tubes that provide added strength.

There are exterior zippered pockts for additional packing capacity which make this an ideal carry-on, underseat tote. At 8″ x 13″ x 15″, this bag provides ideal versatility and packing efficiency.

The Fog Guard protection helps repel water and stains.

2.  Aerolite 16.5″ Underseat Women Luggage Carry On Suitcase – Small Rolling Tote Bag with Wheels

You do not need to forgoe convenience or fashion to transport as many necessities as possible with this small, but mighty rolling overnighter from Aerolite.  This designer bag features multiple interior pockets and compartments, including two detachable, clear, plastic toiletry bags.  With superior functionality and durability, you’ll look stylish and sophisticated.  Whether you want to carry blue luggage or purple luggage, Aerolite has you covered.

With easily accessible exterior pockets, this carry-on underseater will ensure you have easy access to travel documents, toiletries, cell phone or tablet while in-flight or for short layovers.


3.   LMDB Oxford Luggage Expandable Suitcase Spinner with TSA Lock – 

This hardside, underseat travel bag is specifically designed for overnight business travel. It features a large capacity and is easy to transport.  The 4-wheel case has zip entry to the main compartment, an integrated TSA lock and a retractable, 3-stage telescoping top carry handle.

There is a removable padded laptop pocket.  The interior features multi-layer storage so documents, toiletries and travel necessities can be easily seperated.  Made out of polycarbonate, the bags dimensions are: 19″ x 16″ x 9″.


My choices for the best soft-sided, underseat carry-on:

1.  Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 5 15″ Lightweight Carry-on Rolling Under Seat Bag

This compact, wheeled underseat carry on bag is designed for organization, mobility and convenience; The polyester fabric with stain resistant, water repellant duraguard coating and ergonomic, high tensile strength zipper pulls provide lasting durability

High performance in-line skate wheels and lightweight yet sturdy The PowerScope Lite handle reduces wobble and ensures a smooth and easy roll.

An integrated front flap, the roomy interior and built in pockets keep contents organized and accessible; Removable, hanging wet pocket is perfect for storing cosmetics or toiletries; A padded laptop/tablet sleeve offers protection for electronic essentials. Available in Black, Dusty Rose, Green and Blue.

Case Dimensions: 15.25x13x8, Overall Dimensions: 17.5×14.5×8.5, Weight: 5.5 pounds ; Volume : 26 L

2.  Rockland Wheeled Underseat Carry-on, Red

Even with the large main compartment and side mesh pockets, this bag easily fits underneath an airline seat.   The slip pockets are zippered for added security.  The interior pockets are clear and zippered to keep essentials organized and easily accessible.

Dimensions are 9″L x 14″W x 15″H.

3.  Hartmann Luggage Tweed Legend Underseat Carry On Spinner (Natural Tweed)

The 100% Nylon tweed fabric offers durability, style, and long-lasting stain resistance.  The signature figure eight andle and trim are crafted from top quality, full grain leather.  The bag features a companion bag strap for hands free carrying on, but continues to function as a wheeled underseat bag.

Three choices that offer specialy features you may find useful in your carry-on, underseat bag:

1.   GNNHY Rolling Backpack With USB Interface 

This rolling backpack is made of high density Nylon fabric with a polyester lining.  The bag is wear-resistant and waterproof, featuring an adjustable and removable aluminum alloy pull rod.

Comfortable and Multi-function: S-shaped padded shoulder straps, breathable back panel with a spine protecting design and thickened sponge handle ensure ease of use and comfortable carrying.

Noiseless and durable wheels.

The bag is large enough to carry all your office essentials and several sets of clothes and daily necessities when traveling.

There is also a built in water bottle sleeve featured on the side of the backpack.

Size: Backpack: 12.59 * 7.87 * 19.68inch, 32(L)*20(W)*50cm(H); Weight: 3.2KG.

2.  2 in 1 Convertible Travel Garment Bag Carry On Suit Bag Luggage Duffel Bag 

100% Custom-made denim brings you a fashionable, durable travel garment bag. The soft, foldable cloth is easy to use and clean.

No.8 metal zippers transform a suit garment bag into a carry on duffel.

Six interior zipper pockets for ties, belts, underwear, socks. Three exterior front pockets for cell phone, passport, tickets, wallet.  Two side pockets for easy to take items like umbrella, water bottle or reading material.

The luggage suit bag comes with a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap, this bag is especially designed for business trips and weekend excursions.

3.  Multi-Layer Convertible Garment Bag With Shoulder Strap (Gray)  


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