Choosing the Best Carry On Tote with Wheels
Looking for rolling tote bags for women on the go? If you feel that manoeuvering a larger wheeled upright bag prevents you from moving fast, or you just don’t need a lot of things with you on the flight, you may find that rolling carry on tote bags fit the bill. Plus, if you’re going to take a check in bag anyway, you may as well take a carry on tote bag that is not too big.
While you can carry a shoulder tote without wheels, you may want to get a tote bag on wheels. I’m not talking about the casual totes that you take to the supermarket or use for carrying your craft or sewing supplies, but smart and functional totes that are perfect for a laptop as well as a few clothes and essentials. They’re easy to find in various styles and they’re versatile enough for you to use even when you’re not travelling. The ones that we’ll review here are two-wheeled totes and are great for pulling along over cobbled stone streets. We have also reviewed 4-wheeled spinner totes that are best for business trips where you’re mostly in airports and only go between airports, hotels and offices where the floors are smooth.
Many of these are really light, with a telescopic handle that can retreat into the bag so you can carry the bag in your hand or on your shoulder if you need to. The best designs make it TSA-friendly when it comes time for your laptop to be screened.
If you can fit it underneath the airline seat in front of you, your things will be more easily accessible. In addition, you won’t have to struggle to lift it into an overhead bin if needed. The luggage totes with wheels that I’ve covered here are not necessarily sized specifically as underseat luggage, but there are a few candidates that are guaranteed to fit under any seat in even the smallest commercial planes.
Here are the best wheeled tote bags for women.
Travel Totes with Wheels Under $150
Travelpro Maxlite 4 Rolling Tote
The TravelPro Maxlite 4 Rolling Tote is the 2016 version of the very popular original Maxlite. Available in black, royal blue, purple and red, the look is stylish. It measures 13″ x 15.5″ x 8.5″ and weighs 6 lbs – great for travel on airlines with very strict baggage restrictions.
Even with the light weight, this polyester bag is rugged because of its honeycomb frame and EVA foam construction, and is water repellent and provides great resistance to stains, abrasions and tears. As with most Travelpro rolling luggage, the bag features corner guards, skid guards and crash guards for the wheels.
The wheels are long lasting inline skate type made of polyurethane. When the upright handle is fully extended, it reaches 39”, but can be adjusted to 3 other lower heights, allowing anyone to comfortable roll it along. There is also a pair of comfort-grip neoprene handles on top for carrying and one handle on the bottom, making it easier to lift into an overhead bin.
The bag features a main zippered compartment with buttoned side gussets to prevent things from falling out if opened in the upright position. Inner organizational pockets for accessories and a large zipped front pocket for a small laptop complete the design.
Pros: For the size, this bag is very spacious and can hold a larger laptop in its own sleeve in the main compartment or even a complete set of packing cubes. The bag fits under middle and window aircraft seats.
This bag is very good value at under $100.
Cons: There is no outer pocket for small items or a water bottle, only a larger zippered pocket and there is no dedicated laptop sleeve.
UK customers can also buy this bag at a list price of just under 100 pounds.
Travelon Wheeled Underseat Carry-On with Back-Up Bag
This Travelon carry on is actually two in one and is the newest version of a popular older model. The main bag is larger and serves as your rolling carry on, while another fold up shoulder tote can be used as your one personal item or a souvenir bag and can be slung over the telescopic handle of the Travelon underseat bag with an included strap for easy rolling.
This attractive carry-on is made of quilted microfiber and comes in 6 different colors.
It weighs 7 lbs and measures 14 x 13.5 x 8.5 inches. While this size is good for most spaces under the aircraft seat, it won’t fit under the aisle seat in smaller planes.
The main compartment opens outwards via a zippered flap. Inside you’ll find 4 compartments, mesh or see through, zippered or open top to hold all your necessities. The front of the bag features a zippered gusseted organizer compartment that has a padded tablet holder plus smaller pockets. In front of that is an open top pocket for your last minute items. A side open pocket will hold a water bottle.
Pros: It will fit under most plane seats, making it easy to access your things anytime.
The new model has stronger hardware.
You’ll get two bags for the price of one!
Cons: It won’t fit under aisle seats in small aircraft but will easily go into the overhead compartment.
Because it’s outer shell is made of fabric, it’s best not to check it.
Olympia Deluxe Fashion Rolling Overnighter
If you’re looking for something more fun looking, this Olympia Deluxe Rolling Overnighter is a good and roomy bag, measuring 17 x 14 x 8.25 inches and only weighs 5.5 pounds. It is made of 100% rip resistant polyester with a contrast lining and is available in 2 different prints and 3 different color combinations.
The main compartment is spacious and has a padded laptop compartment big enough for a 15.6″ laptop. There’s a double zippered u-shaped front pocket that’s big enough for a tablet, and velcro closure pockets on either side that are great for an umbrella and bottle.
The ball bearing wheels are recessed and the telescopic handle retreats into its own zippered compartment. Dual grab handles with a velcro wrap around makes carrying it easy.
Pros: Not too many inner pockets for organization.
Cons: While it will fit into overhead bins, it won’t fit under the seats of small commuter planes.
Wheeled Tote Bags under $200
Baggallini Rolling Tote Bag
It’s easy to see why this durable Baggallini Carryon Rolling Travel Tote crinkle nylon bag is so popular. Designed for ease of use and great functionality, it is also really stylish and is available in 9 different colors and designs!
Store your laptop, toiletries, cosmetics and clothes in any of the three main compartments. It also has a zippered back pocket. It is lightweight, weighing only 5.5 lbs. Its measurements are 14.5″ high by 17″ wide and easily fits under your seat or in the overhead bin of smaller planes.
The telescopic handle extends to multiple positions and is easy to handle. It has its own zippered pocket to retreat into when not in use. The short leather handles allow you to tote it by hand if you don’t want to roll it, and it comes with a sleeve at the back to let you hang it over the handle of a rolling suitcase. The fabric is water resistant and can be hand cleaned, while the interior is completely lined in nylon.
This bag seems to have all the features needed for a business trip or vacation.
Pros: There’s a style for every taste!
It has lots of compartments for organization.
Cons: Won’t fit under an aircraft seat if fully packed.
Middle laptop compartment is unpadded.
If you want a rolling briefcase that is better designed for carrying a laptop and taking on business trips, check out the Baggallini Skyline Rolling Briefcase.
Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 Spinner Boarding Bag
At 18.5 x 14.5 x 9.5 inches (including wheels) and 7.5 pounds, this Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 Softside Spinner Boarding Bag will NOT fit under the seat of small commuter planes, only larger ones, but it does make a good option to stow in any overhead bin or to just use as an overnight bag for non-air travel.
The design is clever with an internal removable organizer/toiletry bag that is secured by snap buttons on the top and bottom so it allows you to access things easily if you open the bag in the upright position and nothing falls out. Two snap gussets on the sides also ensures that the compartment’s lid doesn’t fall open completely. There are internal pockets for travel accessories and a Velcroed strapped padded laptop compartment.
The exterior features two zippered front compartments – one large and one small for a magazine or jacket, and for your cards, phone, stationary and keys.
This soft-sided tote is made from nylon with a complete inner fabric lining and corner guards to protect those points when bumped.
The upright telescopic handle with a comfort grip locks into place to facilitate rolling the bag on the 4 dual spinner wheels. There is also a top carry handle for added convenience. Each spinner wheel is split into two and each half rolls independently, which helps to steer the bag over uneven surfaces.
Colors available are black, blue and green.
Pros: Easy to pack and organize.
Cons: Won’t fit under the seat in smaller aircraft.
Not satisfied with this selection of rolling tote bags for women? Browse through Amazon’s large selection of carry on luggage tote bags on wheels.