10 Brilliant Bags that Beat Carry-on Fees

10 Brilliant Bags that Beat Carry-on Fees

No carry-on? No problem! Like it or not, airlines are encouraging us to travel with less. Basic economy fares on many airlines are now charging a fee for traditional carry-on luggage—meaning that your “personal item,” whether it’s a backpack or luggage, has to work a whole lot harder. We asked our in-house gear experts to pick their 10 favorite under-seat bags…100% fee-free and ready for takeoff!

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Small + Structured

Perfect for business overnights and weekend getaways, the Piel 20” Duffel Bag has a roomy main compartment and loads of zippered pockets for quick access to smaller items during your flight.

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Compressible Duffels

There’s a reason this lightweight Patagonia bag is called the Black Hole—it will not only disappear into the dark space in front of your seat, but will also fold down to nearly nothing when empty.

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TSA-Friendly Pack

An eBags exclusive, the SwissGear ScanSmart Backpack 1900 stores your tech safely in the bag’s center—with a unique butterfly pocket that checks through TSA without opening.

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Wear to Go

Wear your carry-on with the Baubax Windbreaker! Thanks to a zillion strategic pockets (tablet, phone, passport, beverage, charger, etc.) you can make quick trips with just the clothes on your back.

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Compact Carry-On

The versatile Tumi Voyageur Oslo 4-Wheel Compact Carry-On not only works as a personal item—it plays well with most briefcases and backpacks, in the event that you need to use it as a carry-on.

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Optimal Organization

The eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack is so organized, it’s like having a personal assistant—with zillions of genius pockets and a special “garage” for adaptors and cords.

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Charging Underseater

Exclusive to eBags, the Samsonite Spinner Underseater with USB Port tucks neatly under your seat, has smart pockets for your traveling-light essentials—and will even charge your phone!

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Cabin Bag

The LUCAS Wheeled Under the Seat Cabin Bag is an underseater with extras—including a hanging cosmetic satchel, travel slippers for sanitary TSA checks and a ticket/document holder.

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Souvenir-Stowing Tote

Don't want to leave room in your suitcase for vacation shopping? This tote packs flat inside your luggage, but expands to fit all your memories—at least the ones you can buy!

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Personal Best

A no-fee bag that’s ultra lightweight and expandable, with 360-degree spinners PLUS a built-in scale that notifies you when you cross the 50-lb threshold? YES: the Ricardo Beverly Hills Malibu Bay.

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"There ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.." –Mark Twain

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