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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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


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

Additional Features

  • 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
Product Manual Additional languages available here �
Farpoint | Fairview Product Video


Very convenient for traveling


I have had this pack in grey for over a year now and used it on numerous short business trips within Europe as well as for day hikes and carrying the weekly shop home from the supermarket. It has fit the bill for all these tasks well. I selected this pack because it was one of the largest backpacks I knew I could bring as carry on with budget airlines (think Easyjet, etc.). I have flown with it at 15-20 times and never had any problems with it being too large for carry on size. I find it easy to pack for traveling or hiking. The small waterproof pouch is great for passport and liquids at the airport (no leaking!) and it is fairly secure once the straps are buckled across it. The zips are super sturdy. The one downside is that although the back is padded and somewhat aerated, you will still sweat if you're carrying this pack a long way or in warm weather - I suspect all packs would have this issue though. The pack still looks in good condition although it's been treated pretty hard while traveling and I've been using it daily for walk commuting for the past couple of months. I am a 5'5" medium frame female (size 8) and purchased the size S/M which fits me well. I would definitely purchase this pack again.

Pittsburgh, PA


Great travel pack


This is a really nice travel bag.. for warm climate travel it is perfect. Compartments are well thought out and roomy. I've taken this pack to Kauai and Mainland Mexico. Both were 7 day trips and I had plenty of room. Very comfortable to wear as a backpack and handles are great to carry as a suitcase. If in doubt by this pack quality is 5 Star.

Ventura Ca.


Durable Pack!


Purchased the Farpoint 40 for a trip to Europe through five countries by plane and train. It's rugged; yet barely looks like it has been used. With packing cubes, I was able to organize and fit a lot in this bag. This is my 3rd Osprey bag and/or pack. All are well-constructed and very durable. Will continue to be a fan of Osprey products!



Love it but...


I got this pack to take across Europe on a 6 week backpacking trip. I love the way everything fits into, the fit, and the durability. My only suggestion for the company itself is to mix up the color schemes. I know this is a minut factor, but for me if I'm buying something at this price point that will be on my back daily, style is an added bonus! I think introducing new color schemes would be good for business!

Kansas City, MO


Nearly Perfect


I really want to love this bag - all positives have basically been said in other reviews so I won't repeat them. The major flaw for me were the mesh pockets; I found that they were very difficult to access while carrying the pack, and being that they were deep meant that smaller items could get lost easily. This was all the more annoying because of the severe lack of other outside pockets that could be accessed while wearing, so access travel documents, maps, passports, compass, snacks etc necessitated either removing the bag entirely or having to carry a second bag. The other issue I have is the size of the carry handles - they're unnecessarily bulky and heavy; it's a 40l pack, no one (unless you're a hopelessly bad packer) is really going to carry that much weight as to need such handles. They also take up room that could otherwise be used for a side or top pocket. If neither of these things are an issue for you then I highly recommend the bag. It's well constructed, relatively lightweight and easy to pack.

Melbourne, Australia


Excellent travel pack


This pack was purchased for and will be used for travel only. It is a great carryon with backpack straps, a great combination.

Pearland, Tx


Could have been better....


Love this backpack but it could definitely have been better. Missing in this backpack is an organizer for basic stuff like zip-pockets, card holder, travel documents, pen slots, key lanyard etc.. The pouch on the top has only one compartment and that makes it so messy. I am surprised that Osprey did not think of this....

Rochester Hills, MI


Best travel backpack ever period !


I was desperately looking for the best travel carry-on backpack available on the market. I read all the reviews on all backpacks and finally ended up with the amazing Osprey Farpoint 40. No doubt, this was the one ! This reliable piece of equipment was my everyday buddy for almost 5 months in Southeast Asia and I surely do not regret my choice. This backpack will follow me on every single adventure in the future and I will never replace it for another brand or model. This is the perfect travel companion end of the story !

Caplan, Québec, Canada


Great carry-on travel bag


Went to Vietnam for 2 weeks with this bag and looked for something that could go anywhere and travel fast, as well as meet carryon requirements. Having gone 25k+ miles over 7 planes, 5 cars and 2 scooters, I can safely say this is the best carryon bag i've owned and helped me focus on a minimalist approach to travel. Never been excited for a pack as much as this one. Got a simple combo lock that happened to fit through BOTH lockable zippers at once, so double win. I also own an Aether 70 for backpacking, so I understand utility vs comfort, heavy vs light load, etc etc. Don't normally write reviews online, but i felt this was warranted. Great pack!

Los Angeles


Awesome pack


Just right size for my needs for traveling,I always take it carry on,have not checked it traveling Asia on 6-8wk trips, I just pack what I need,don't purchase the beautiful junk much anymore, but made room for 1kg of black peppercorns from Malaysia on way home one trip. Best travel pack I have ever owned, highly recommend this one for some one that travels with the essentials.




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