Saturday, March 6, 2010

Traveling with Children: Luggage {High Sierra Sport Company Review & Giveway}

{This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to those who entered!}

This product is featured as part of a week of Traveling With Children necessities.

During my recent trip with Big Sister E, I discovered one of the major keys to traveling with kids: multi-tasking. Don't get me wrong, it's not like I didn't know this was important before, it just became much more apparent to me when it was just my daughter and I hitting the skies.

Being a typical 3-year-old, Big Sister E was able to help me with packing and carrying our luggage by... well, holding her jacket. Or wearing it. Other than that, her main job was to stay close to Mommy and, as she is quite the perfectionist, she did that very well.

I, on the other hand, needed to figure out the right balance between bringing enough with us onto the plane while not carrying so much that I wouldn't be able to do it all myself. I had to be able to get it all on and off the airplanes and through multiple airports with only my two hands, right? I was fairly concerned about that.

The solution? Why, it showed up on my doorstep from High Sierra Sport Company a mere 24 hours before our flight took off.


I can truly say that the AT505 Carry-On Wheeled Backpack with Removable Day Pack surpassed any and all expectations I had about what a great piece of luggage could be and was completely perfect for this trip. Whether rolling or carrying the complete bag or using just the day pack, this bag eliminated a large portion of the hassles and stresses of traveling with a child.

One bag, three possibilities. As a wheeled bag, the AT505 has a telescoping aluminum handle and inline skate-style wheels that make rolling through the airport or down the street a breeze. Pulling this was smooth and easy and even over bumps or rougher terrain, it glided effortlessly.

However, had I needed to carry this bag instead of rolling it, simply tucking the handle down and unzipping the padded back panel reveals plush backpack straps stowed safely inside. I even noticed the added Velcro feature so that the panel would stay in place and to help ensure your comfort while carrying it.

To use the AT505 as a carry-on, I loved being able to unzip the front day pack and place it under the seat in front of us so that it was easily accessible. The larger bag then stowed perfectly in the overhead compartment until it was time to leave.

When we did go to get off the plane, I conveniently attached the day pack with the QUICK-CLIP buckle that neatly attached it back to the main bag. No need to spend the time zipping it back on, as the clip held it right in place until we boarded our next flight.

During our trip, having the use of the day pack was priceless. Big Sister E is old enough that when we go somewhere, all I really need to bring for her is a cup of water and a snack or two. Each day, whether we were going for a walk, to the park or to the zoo, I grabbed this pack and was ready to go.

Tucking our necessities into the zippered accessory pocket (almost like a pouch on the top), sliding my laptop into the main compartment (if I needed it) and tucking a water bottle on the side - I loved the versatility of the day pack of the AT505, not to mention the comfort. Even after carrying it for hours, my shoulders didn't ache at all.

If I didn't mention it enough, I love this bag and I can't foresee ever traveling without it again! Whether you are headed out for a nature expedition, a short hike, a snowboarding trip or traveling for business or with children, High Sierra Sport Company has the luggage, pack or duffel just for you. Not only that, this family-owned company gives back to their community, has stellar customer service and cares about its customers. I couldn't ask for more.

What adventure are you going on next? Thanks to the generosity of High Sierra Sport Company, one person will be outfitted with one of these innovative, high quality bags to go with them, because...

One lucky person will win a stylish, high quality bag from High Sierra Sport Company! The particular bag will be determined by High Sierra at the completion of this giveaway, but it could be from any of their great collections!

What bag might it be... Suspenseful, isn't it?

To enter to win a bag from High Sierra Sport Company you must do at least 1 of the following options. You can receive 1 entry per method with up to 3 initial entries total:
  • Become a fan of High Sierra on Facebook (They hold a random drawing for a free bag once a week for their fans - don't miss it!)
  • Follow High Sierra on Twitter
  • Visit High Sierra and tell me which of their great items are your favorite
Extra Entries (available after at least 1 of the mandatory entries above are completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

1 Extra Entry (per giveaway entered) - Enter any (or all) of the giveaways running on Thanks, Mail Carrier for the duration of this giveaway.
1 Extra Entry if you follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the tweet below and leaving me the link. Tweet daily for an extra entry every day!

WIN a High Sierra bag for function, high quality & great travels! @thxmailcarrier & @HighSierraSport! http://bit.ly/bMmLvH #win #giveaway

2 Extra Entries (per follow method) if you follow me with Google Friend Connect (see sidebar), subscribe to my RSS feed or subscribe to Thanks, Mail Carrier by email.
3 Extra Entries if you put my cute button up on your blog. Please leave an address where it can be found.
3 Extra Entries if you blog about this giveaway linking back to Thanks, Mail Carrier and High Sierra Sport Company. Please leave an address where it can be found.

Giveaway will end on March 25th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

A huge thank you to High Sierra for providing an AT505 bag for me to review as well as one bag for one lucky giveaway winner. 3 bags in 1 = perfection for traveling with kids! The opinions shared are my own and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Lauren Wayne said...

I am a High Sierra Facebook fan (Lauren Wayne).

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Lauren Wayne said...

I follow you via Google Friend Connect. #1

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I subscribe via RSS feed. #1

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I have your button in my sidebar #1:
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Lauren Wayne said...

I've entered the CARES giveaway.

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I've entered the My Busy Kit giveaway.

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anthy said...

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"Iowa Mom" said...

Tweeted:
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Corrie said...

Fan of High Sierra on FB

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Corrie said...

I really like the Carry-On Wheeled Business Tote in Ivy.

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Entered the Ramdon Line giveaway

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April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

I love the Crunk Trunk Duffel Bag! :)

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Jiya said...

Facebook fan of High Sierra. jiyasarma at hotmail dot com

Jiya said...

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sharonjo said...

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Corrie said...

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Anonymous said...

entered BRITAX BLINK STROLLER($150)for high quality travels

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chlorinebrain said...

My favorite item is the Carry-On Computer Tote Bag

js22 said...

I'm a fan of High Sierra on Facebook -Joanne Schultz. http://www.facebook.com/js2222
email in blogger profile.

Thanks for the giveaway!

js22 said...

i follow High Sierra on twitter - js22222222 .
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js22 said...

I love AT404-422, the blue carry-on wheeled upright.

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Maja said...

Carron-On Wheeled Backpack with Removable Day Pack

Maja said...

follower1

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Maja said...

entered comfort-travel buddies

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entered my busy kit, entertainment

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Happi Shopr said...

I'm a fan of High Sierra on Facebook (Laura G). trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Happi Shopr said...

Follow High Sierra on twitter (@happishopr). trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Happi Shopr said...

I like the Carry-On Expandable Wheeled Upright found here:
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Anonymous said...

i love the 30 in wheeled duffel. very nice

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Pamela S said...

I LOVE the 30" wheeled duffel. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

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skipthelaundry said...

facebook fan high sierra
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skipthelaundry said...

following high sierra on twitter
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skipthelaundry said...

I like the chip day pack in gray also.
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skipthelaundry said...

google connect entry 2
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Lentil said...

I like their 36" drop bottom duffel

Lentil said...

I follow you with Google Friend Connect 1

Lentil said...

I follow you with Google Friend Connect 2

Lentil said...

I entered your Mrs. Smith's giveaway

Lentil said...

i entered your CARES restraint giveaway

Lentil said...

entered your My Busy Kit giveaway

Pamela S said...

Subscribed to feed. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Brian E. said...

Thanks for the giveaway...fan of High Sierra on Facebook: "Bryan Eason"

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Brian E. said...

Follow High Sierra on Twitter: @brianpiero

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Brian E. said...

The High Sierra "Tank" and "Audible" messenger bags are my favorites.

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Brian E. said...

Following you via Twitter: @brianpiero

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Brian E. said...

...subscribed via RSS-Yahoo:

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Brian E. said...

#2 ...subscribed via RSS-Yahoo:

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tina reynolds said...

I am a a fan of High Sierra on Facebook (mrstinareynolds) thanks for the chance eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds said...

i follow 1/2

tina reynolds said...

I really like the appalachian 75 for hiking it would be so awesome to have thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds said...

i subscribe 1/2

tina reynolds said...

i subscribe 2/2

tina reynolds said...

i entered randomline

tina reynolds said...

i entered travel buddies

tina reynolds said...

i entered on the go inflatables

tina reynolds said...

I entered Cares

tina reynolds said...

i follow on twitter and I tweeted
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tina reynolds said...

i entered the Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bag

tina reynolds said...

i entered My Airport Busy Kit

Amanda said...

I became a fan of High Sierra on Facebook.

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Amanda said...

I am following High Sierra on Twitter.

Amanda said...

I follow via Google Connect.

Amanda said...

I follow via Google Connect.

Amanda said...

I subscribe via email. 1

Amanda said...

I subscribe via email. 2

Amanda said...

Blogged about giveaway. http://visitourcrazyhouse.blogspot.com/2010/03/high-sierra-sports-company-bag-giveaway.html

Amanda said...

Blogged about giveaway. 2
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Amanda said...

Blogged about giveaway. 3
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Storm Safety Blog said...

I am following High Sierra on Twitter. My ID is Auriette

Storm Safety Blog said...

I have fanned High Sierra on Facebook. I am Auriette there, too.

Amanda said...

I also entered the Mrs. Smith's Bags giveaway.

Storm Safety Blog said...

I like the AT505 that you reviewed. I wish the site had a way to check off two or three items that you'd like to compare, because I couldn't quite see all the differences between that one and the similar models (AT305, AT405, etc.). Another bag that I like is the 8101-429 Volt laptop bag. It's very sleek and stylish.

Jenny said...

Became a Facebook Fan of High Sierra

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Nelsby said...

Daily Tweet:
http://twitter.com/Nelsby/status/11070421120
Thanks!
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Lentil said...

entered your pediped giveaway

Anonymous said...

Carry-On Business Wheeled Upright
is my favorite items
thanks for hosting a giveaway
Chris F.
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Jayfr said...

Their Access day pack looks nice. I just saw one at the airport.

Kelly said...

Fan of Sierra on FB.


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A said...

I'm a Facebook fan of theirs (Alison Adams)


THANK YOU!! alisonad23 at gmail dot com

Kelly said...

Follow Sierra on Twitter.


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Kelly said...

I would love the computer carry on bag in blue.


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Kelly said...

Entered Mrs. Smith Diaper Bag Giveaway.


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Kelly said...

Folow via Google Freinds Connect-Sarafan2



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Kelly said...

Follow via Google Friends Connect. #2
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Kelly said...

Grabbed your button #1


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Charlene Kuser said...

I am a fan of High Sierra on Facebook (Charlene Kuser)

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Kelly said...

Grabbed your button #2


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Kelly said...

Grabbed your button #3


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Charlene Kuser said...

I am following High Sierra on Twitter
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Unknown said...

I signed up as a Facebook Fan of High Sierra. garrettsambo@aol.com

Charlene Kuser said...

The Wheeled Carry-On Backpack in blue is my favorite #AT105

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Unknown said...

The 24-Inch Cargo Duffel is my favourite. garrettsambo@aol.com

Charlene Kuser said...

Following and Tweet:Swtlilchick
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Charlene Kuser said...

I am following you on google friend
connect (Charlene)
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Charlene Kuser said...

I am following you on google friend
connect (Charlene)
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Charlene Kuser said...

I subscribe via email

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Charlene Kuser said...

I subscribe via email

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Charlene Kuser said...

Subscriber via rss feed

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Subscriber via rss feed

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