The 10 Best Backpacks That Fit Under Your Airplane Seat

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* Small backpacks with big storage space
* TSA approved and sized right for carry-on baggage
* Look for bags with durable materials and multiple compartments

Worried your carry-on doesn’t fit the TSA requirements? With those ever-changing rules and regulations, having to check in your carry-on bag because it’s a tad too big is a headache no one wants to deal with.

Fortunately, you can rest a little easier by picking up any one of these portable packs that are built to fit comfortably under your seat, while providing a ton of storage space. We’ve found 10 solid ones that are flexible enough to fit your stuff, but durable enough to take a beating too.

1. Sumtree Lightweight Foldable Backpack

Durable, waterproof and available in seven vibrant colors, this packable backpack comes with multiple pockets, various internal storage compartments and weighs less than one pound when empty. It’s truly a great travel accessory.

Sumtree Lightweight Foldable Backpack Image Courtesy Amazon


2. The North Face Flyweight Pack

Both extra durable and extremely lightweight, this North Face backpack comes with adjustable compression straps and a zippered closure to help keep your contents safe. It also includes built-in side pockets for easy access.

The North Face Flyweight Pack Image Courtesy Zappos


3. SwissGear Travel Gear Bungee Backpack

Built small with an enormous amount of internal capacity, this bungee backpack comes with a handy organizer compartment, side pockets and a front cord bungee system. It even includes a side a headphone port and a D-ring.

SwissGear Travel Gear Bungee Backpack Image Courtesy Amazon


4. P.KU.VDSL Canvas Backpack

A waterproof and scratch-resistant nylon build make this canvas backpack a smart choice. It also comes with multiple easy-access pockets and a built-in USB charger for added convenience. Available in 12 different colors.

P.KU.VDSL Canvas Backpack Image Courtesy Amazon


5. YOGAW Business Backpack

Looking to get some work done on your next flight? This TSA-approved business backpack has everything you need to hit those deadlines 5,000 feet in the air. Featuring an expandable design, tons of pockets and suppressible shoulder straps, it can be used as both a duffel and a backpack.

Yogaw Backpack Image Courtesy Amazon


6. Hynes Eagle Travel Backpack

Not only is this travel pack super stylish, it’s also extremely economical. Able to convert from backpack to duffle bag in seconds, it comes with multiple pockets, adjustable side straps and is available in 22 elegant colors.

Haynes Backpack Image Courtesy Amazon


7. Timbuk2 Backpack

A rugged backpack with a rolled-top build, notch pockets and an elegant webbed buckle strap, this elegant backpack is a great choice for frequent flyers. It also comes with adjustable shoulder straps and a beautifully lined interior.

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8. Pacsafe Anti-Theft Backpack

Adjustable shoulder straps, a padded carry handle and a quilted back pocket make this one extremely comfortable (and efficient) backpack. Zippered front compartments help store your various cards and notebooks while two zippered front pockets help ensure your belongings stay safe and secure.

Pacsafe Anti-Theft Backpack Image Courtesy Zappos


9. eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack

Able to easily accommodate most laptops and notebooks, this super slim backpack features padded lockable compartments and its own zippered water bottle pocket. It’s also able to switch from backpack to briefcase easily and efficiently.

eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack Image Courtesy Amazon


10. ‘Le Pliage’ Backpack

And for when you want to travel in style, this Longchamp backpack features a textured leather handle and a water-resistant nylon build. Choose between any one of the 12 ultra vibrant, super chic color schemes currently available.

‘Le Pliage' Backpack Image Courtesy Nordstrom

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