Underseat Luggage

Packs like a suitcase; carries like a backpack

Made for travelers,
by travelers

Carry On

Comfortable

Durable

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Worldwide Warranty

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What is Underseat Luggage?

Underseat luggage bags are designed to fit under the seat in front of you on a flight. They are ideal for those who want to keep their personal items close while traveling light or for short trips.

Benefits of Underseat Luggage

There is some confusion surrounding what is considered carry on luggage and what makes a personal item.

The difference between a personal item and a carry on is that personal items fit under the seat in front of you. Larger bags that can only be stored in the overhead bin space are called carry ons. 

With your bag stowed in the overhead bin, your essentials won’t be as easily accessible either. 

Underseat luggage has no cost to fly, letting you keep your personal items closer to you and travel stress-free without any squabbles over bin space. 

Tortuga’s underseat luggage collection is designed to give travelers the convenience and peace of mind they deserve. 

  • Personal items always fly free of charge
  • Keeps your in-flight essentials organized and within easy reach
  • Perfect for light travel and short trips

Best Underseat Luggage by Tortuga

Your Underseat Bag Companion

Frequent travelers dislike having to pay the additional cost of a large carry on with budget airlines. 


Our collection of underseat carry on luggage bags allows you to fly free of unnecessary charges for short trips while keeping everything within easy reach and safe from theft

The Compartments You Need to Travel Happy

Organizing your travel gear the right way can make your adventures more enjoyable by being stress-free. By having a place for everything and everything in its place, you can focus on enjoying your vacation. 


Our travel bag collection has cleverly designed underseat bags to keep your items organized. 


Keep yourself stocked using our multi-functional compartments to get you through those jam-packed flights:

  • A spacious main compartment for your electronics and essentials
  • Mesh pockets and side pockets for travel pouches
  • Two flat, front pockets for smaller items
  • Lockable, water-resistant zippered pockets

A Carry-It-All Cabin Bag

Finding a versatile, front loading backpack that can act as suitcase and a personal item can be a challenge. 


30L or 40L backpacks are great options for carry ons but are usually too big to be considered personal item that need to be small enough to slide easily under the seat in front of you. Tortuga backpacks double as both a roomy travel bag for carrying your essentials and a compact personal item you can fly with cost-free.

You can pack everything you need including: 

  • Electronic items like a laptop, tablets, power banks and charger 
  • A pair of shoes to hit the ground running when you land
  • A toiletry bag and water bottle 

Your Personal Item Bag, Sorted

Airplane overhead bins are not only challenging to pack your gear into, but they're also hard to retrieve from. Seat belt restrictions can keep you from moving freely during the flight and once you land, there's always a rush to collect your gear so you don’t end up being the last person on the plane.


With Tortuga, your personal item bag will be right by your airplane seat. The top and side grab handles together with the comfortable shoulder straps make it easy to carry around. Breeze through security and board faster for a stress-free travel experience. 

Benefits of Shopping Tortuga

Tortuga Backpacks offers the perfect underseat luggage backpacks that are light, but sturdy, and help you avoid the trouble of stuffing your bags into overhead bins when you fly. 


All of our products are designed with practicality in mind—we're travelers ourselves, and we know how important it is to have a backpack that's up to the task! 


At Tortuga, we offer the following benefits to make sure you have the best experience with our products.


Frequently Asked Questions About Underseat Luggage

What are the cons of wheeled carry on luggage with spinner wheels?

  • Wheeled carry on luggage bags with spinner wheels are often too big to be a personal item and if they are the right size, the wheels and telescoping handles are  wasting up to 20% of your carry on limits
  • Personal item bags like backpacks are easier to carry anywhere and maximize what you can pack by minimizing the weight.

What are the dimensions for underseat luggage?

  • Underseat luggage carry on restrictions can vary depending on the airline
  • A majority of airlines place limits based on the overall size of your bag in addition to the weight. 
  • For example, American Airlines has a limit of 18 inches by 14 inches by 8 inches for all personal item bags.

Does a duffel bag count as a personal item?

  • Yes, a duffel bag can count as a personal item if it fits compactly under the seat in front of you. 
  • Different airlines have varying definitions for personal items but a duffel bag is widely accepted among many. 
  • Ensure that when you carry a small duffle bag to pack it well so it fits without trouble.

What are the differences between hardside and softside luggage for underseat carry ons?

  • Hardside luggage bags have hardshells made of plastic that are easy to clean and more water-resistant. 
  • Softside luggage isn’t as heavy and can pack more items carry but is less water-resistant and prone to staining.
  • Both hardside and softside luggage options are available for underseat carry ons. Which is right for you boils down to personal preference. 

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