International Carry-on vs. US Carry-On

International carry-on size restrictions can be notoriously challenging since so much of the restrictions are determined by where you are traveling. Here's a breakdown on just what to look for with your next trip.

Outside of the U.S. the standard carry-on baggage size is smaller (this relates to flights originating outside the U.S. and with a destination outside the U.S.) Here, the rule of thumb is about 21", and not the 22" and above carry-on size. As with any rule, exceptions abound and it is a good idea to visit the site of all of the carriers you plan to use while abroad to get a consensus. If you travel outside the U.S. on a regular basis or are looking to purchase a bag for someone who does, you might want to consider replacing the standard domestic sized carry-on bag in your set with an international carry-on sized bag. In terms of what the two bags will actually hold the difference is not that great and it may add some flexibility in your travels.

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Osprey’s Farpoint® 40 is perfect for a weekend getaway in the city or the wilderness. The LightWire frame suspension transfers the load from harness to hipbelt. A mesh backpanel improves ventilation and the mesh on the harness and hipbelt reduces chafing under load. The entire suspension stows away under a zippered panel creating a sleek silhouette for transport.

Unzip the lockable sliders to access the main compartment. Inside there’s a mesh pocket for small items. Dual compression straps keep cargo from shifting during transit.

Outside you’ll find a zippered front panel slash pocket to keep you organized and sewn attachment points to lash on extra gear. No matter how much you choose to carry, StraightJacket compression straps stabilize the load. The padded top and side handles give you purchase when you need to toss the Farpoint® 40 into the back of the bus.

Key Attributes


Whether traveling near or far, a comfortable pack means one less headache. We use decades of experience to ensure a comfortable, gender-specific fit for every adventure.


The Farpoint® & Fairview harness stows away for safe keeping and protection from malicious baggage handlers and deploys quickly for any path or trail.


Durable fabrics in high-wear areas combine with smart design to create a lightweight and tough travel pack that will last a lifetime.


Detachable daypack provides additional storage and organization ideal for daytrips or carry-on. It can be attached to the main pack harness for secure front carry and easy access. *Farpoint®/Fairview 70L and 55L only


  • Large panel zip access to main compartment
  • Lockable sliders on main compartment zipper
  • Dual front compression strap
  • Dual front mesh pockets
  • Heat-embossed scratch-free zippered slash pocket
  • Padded top and side handles
  • Stowaway backpanel, harness and hipbelt with zippered rear flap for protection
  • Laptop and tablet sleeve secure in lockable compartment
  • Two internal compression straps hold contents securely
  • Internal front flap zippered mesh pocket

Carry Information

Lightwire Frame Suspension

  • 3.5mm lightWire peripheral frame effectively transfers the load from harness to hip belt
  • Atilon framesheet spreads load across the entire backpanel to the peripheral frame

Stowaway Reverse Spacer Mesh Backpanel, Harness, and Hipbelt

  • Smooth mesh covered atilon foam provides a comfortable, breathable contact surface with a load supporting core
  • Adjustable sternum strap with rescue whistle


Load Range
20 - 40 lbs.
9 - 18 kg
  Volume Dimensions Weight
S/M 2319 in3 / 38 l 20h x 14w x 8d in. 3.11 lbs.
M/L 2441 in3 / 40 l 21h x 14w x 9d in. 3.17 lbs.
S/M 2319 in3 / 38 l 53h x 35w x 23d cm 1.41 kg
M/L 2441 in3 / 40 l 54h x 35w x 23d cm 1.44 kg
210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop
600D Packcloth
600D Packcloth
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Special Features


Large Main Compartment

Large panel zip access to main compartment

Stowaway Hipbelt & Harness

Stowaway backpanel, harness and hipbelt with zippered rear flap for protection

Laptop and Tablet Sleeve

Laptop and tablet sleeve secure in lockable compartment

Mesh Pockets

Dual front mesh pockets

Slash Pocket

Heat-embossed scratch-free zippered slash pocket
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Cons: no accessible pockets while wearing. Be practical and sew a thin fabric pocket on the right hip strap to drop your phone in. Add a matching one on the left for your super skinny wallet. Straps too long: measure, cut and sear the new ends of the straps to reduce the number of dangling leashes. Remove entirely the inside compression straps. Your pack will always be full and contents will not shift. No one who finds y our lost pack will EVER find the name/address pocket rolled up and hidden in bottom cavity. Sew a name/address patch on the Osprey logo black tongue inside the laptop section. It will quickly be discovered by anyone who finds your pack.

EX New York City


Worked perfectly for Europe Travel


To travel as a couple we got the Farpoint and Fairview 40. Super easy to pack. The support structure spreads the weight out so effectively they're very comfortable. Others talked about the laptop sleeve being problematic but we don't take one with us so I can't speak to that. Also we didn't experience the water bottle difficulties others did. We put the bottle of the water bottle in the mesh and ran the compression strap through the top of the bottle and it worked very well. The only downside we saw was that the material on the back keeps you pretty warm and sweaty backs are frequent- but I think that's true of most packs. Love these backpacks! We're excited to keep using them.



Almost perfect for hiking the Camino de Santiago


Before hiking the Camino for two weeks last month, I researched travel packs extensively. This one is the best, even with the Cons I have listed. Other reviewers noted the water bottle issue. Packing with two medium cubes really helped keeping my pack organized. Four and a half stars!

Camino, CA


I never use anything else for travel


I own three Osprey packs but this was my first and it's been with me everywhere. I have taken it to India twice, once for two weeks and once for 2 whole months. I''m about to take it to India again. I've also used it for several shorter domestic trips as well as simply a weekender bag. It has held up great. There are some signs of scuffing and a few small tears but that's to be expected. I used it both as a carry-on only and checked bag when it was too heavy for carry-on in domestic flights within India. I have always been able to pack everything I needed in this bag. I think the biggest plus are the internal compression straps. This makes it possible to pack so much more than you would think. I have the S/M which is technically only 38 liters but I can tell you I haven't missed those last two liters at all. The hip strap is also vital for when the pack becomes really full but it works like a dream. As others have said, the position of the laptop compartment isn't great and can make packing difficult if you are trying to pack to capacity after a long trip and you have several souvenirs you're trying to get home. I think if they ever redesign this bag with the laptop compartment against the back, they'll have THE perfect all around travel bag for one bag/minimalist travel.



Best travel pack


I bought this in anticipation of a two-week trip because I wanted something a little bigger than my North Face pack. I can't say enough good things about the Farpoint 40. To give a little perspective on the use, I traveled with my two young kids and husband and we spent two weeks traveling in SE Asia. We visited 6 countries and took 12 flights. Needless to say, we packed and unpacked a LOT. My husband was jealous of my pack (enough that he inherited mine and I bought the Fairview 40 when we returned) because it fit things SO well and is exceptionally accessible, without looking like you're carrying a suitcase on your back. We flew on United, Cebu Pacific, Lion Air, Air Asia, and Air Mauritius. I'm 5'11" so am picky about leg room, but this pack fit well under the seat on every plane (I tried it before placing overhead, just to see), including the three budget airlines, plus fit with ease in the overhead bins. I easily fit three eBags small packing cubes (11 x 6.75 x 3) inside and secured by the Farpoint's inner compression straps, plus a pair of flip-flops, electronics, a LectroFan white noise machine (ridiculous, I know), and toiletries bag. Still had plenty of room. I suppose if you overpacked this, it would be hard to fit under the seat, but I honestly had zero problems. I'll keep recommending this pack to everyone, it's awesome.

Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands


Excellent product; very please, a few minor suggestions


I bought this pack primarily for business travel to replace a rolling suitcase, knowing I would use it for leisure as well. Excellent concept, design and execution. Very durable; I've loaded it very heavily with no issues. Ideal for remaining hands-free in airport lines. Absolutely fits in every overhead bin I've tried. The pack is comfortable and roomy (I'm constantly surprised at how much I can load into mine. A few minor gripes: the interior compression straps work great but can get lost while packing; the exterior mesh pockets could be a bit roomier for a water bottle, etc but the exterior compression straps hold everything in; I find the partitions in the laptop pocket to be superfluous; exterior pockets on the side would be handy. Final note: I thought I would use the zipper cover over the straps but I don't; it's just not convenient before boarding, etc. I do use the overly large storage pocket for the cover for other items like my rain jacket, laptop charger, etc. as I find the Velcro closure very secure.

Panama City Beach


Best bag I've ever bought


I bought this bag for a round the world trip with my boyfriend. I bought him the same bag for the trip because it was so good. We've saved hundreds of Euros on flights because these bags fit as hand luggage on all flights. Not only that, 3 months into my trip I broke my foot and had to use two crutches for 6 weeks. The bag was so well fitted and neat that I was actually able to carry it with my two crutches no problem!



Great Bag. Amazing Warranty Service.


This is a great bag. It has fit on all airlines as a carry-on, never had issues in that regard. The bag opens up very wide, and is easy to pack. It works well with packing cubes, and the compression straps along the outside are great to cinch the bag down. I have used it for camping, weekend trips, day hikes, 4-5 day backpacking trips (in moderate climate). The bag is great. The only complaint is that the laptop pouch is not heavily padded, and just seems as though it may bend the laptop if the bag were to be too full.

Toronto, Canada


Good quality pack


My partner and I bought these packs over 2 years ago now. They still look brand new, despite using them quite a lot. We have the large size (42 Litres). This size is perfect for us, and we intend on using them when we travel full time. I only have a few issues with this bag. 1. The laptop compartment is at the front of the bag. This changes how the weight is distributed. It should be against your back. 2. The water bottle holders at the front are pretty useless. If your bag isn't completely full, you can use them. But with the straps going over the top, it's still not very convenient or secure. 3. I wish there were more compartments for little pieces. Apart from those issues, I love these bags and do recommend them.



Great backpack


I was looking for a travel backpack for some time, first was looking for wheeled backpacks but found it kind of not being practical for me, i do quiet a bit of business and leisure travel a year (5-8 times) and well aware of a good backpack or carry-on pros & cons. finally i came to decide between this backpack and eagle creek 40 liter one and chose this, really like it.

Moreno Valley, CA



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