Amy

Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.
Toad&Co Forester Pass

Toad & Co Forester Pass Raglan Jacket for fall fashion

Sierra Designs

Sierra Designs Men’s Sierra Jacket

Patagonia Nano Puff

Patagonia Nano Puff for fall adventures

Xero Alpine

Xero Alpine boot for winter minimalism

Costa Waterwoman 2

Costa Waterwoman 2 for your next outdoor adventure

Cotopaxi Taal

Cotopaxi Taal convertible tote for your next adventure

Sierra Designs

Welcome Fall with the Sierra Designs Tuolumne Sweater

Xero Melbourne

Xero Melbourne for home or travel

Luci solar lights

Luci lights for summer ambiance and practicality

GCI camp kitchen

GCI Outdoor cook station for your next camping adventure

Toad & Co Forester Pass Raglan Jacket for fall fashion

By Amy / October 20, 2020 /

Here in Southern Oregon, the wildfires have subsided, we’re getting a bit of rain, and we’re finally digging out those fall layers and light jackets. Enter the Toad&Co Forester Pass Raglan Jacket, which is the perfect weight and look for early fall in the Pacific Northwest. Hopefully, wherever you are, you’re feeling some autumn goodness,…

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Sierra Designs Men’s Sierra Jacket

By Amy / October 13, 2020 /

The weather is starting to turn here in Oregon, and since most of us want to extend the outdoor season so we can safely recreate, exercise, and travel, we need to apparel to make that happen! Enter the Sierra Designs Sierra Jacket, featuring 800 fill dri-down with a 30D shadow rip polyester shell and nylon…

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Patagonia Nano Puff for fall adventures

By Amy / October 6, 2020 /

The Patagonia Nano Puff is a down jacket classic by this point, and here’s why it needs to be a staple in your outdoor adventure and travel wardrobe: Available as a jacket, hoody, or vest, the newest version of Patagonia’s tried-and-true down coat is made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyester. It utilizes P.U.R.E.™ (Produced…

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Xero Alpine

Xero Alpine boot for winter minimalism

By Amy / September 29, 2020 /

We’ve reviewed a number of Xero shoes here on Practical Travel Gear: for those who love a ‘barefoot’ feel, Xero shows are no-fuss, low-weight, and easy to pack for outdoor adventure and city travel alike. Today, I’m back with the new Alpine (I reviewed the men’s version with my teenage son). For those of you…

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Costa Waterwoman 2 for your next outdoor adventure

By Amy / September 22, 2020 /

Now is the time to embrace outdoor travel and backyard adventures, and if your backyard includes water, you’ll want the right sunglasses to rise to the challenges of 2020. I checked out Costa’s Waterwoman 2 sunnies during late summer kayaking and paddleboarding adventures, and here’s what I found. Costa’s Waterwoman 2 sunglasses sport a large…

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Cotopaxi Taal convertible tote for your next adventure

By Amy / September 15, 2020 /

If you’re road tripping, camping, or otherwise traveling in a socially-distanced, safe way this fall, do it in style with a company that’s doing good. Cotopaxi has long been known for their ‘Do good’ campaign, which donates 1 percent of their annual revenues to the Cotopaxi Foundation, and their products designed and made with environmental…

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Welcome Fall with the Sierra Designs Tuolumne Sweater

By Amy / September 8, 2020 /

My dad’s first backpacking gear came from Sierra Designs, and he passed down this loyalty to me, along with a lifelong love of the outdoors. I’m pleased to be trying out Sierra Designs’ women’s Tuolumne sweater this fall, perfect for end-of-the-season camping and backpacking trips before it transitions into my ski mid-layer. The Tuolumne sweater…

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Xero Melbourne for home or travel

By Amy / September 1, 2020 /

As we turn toward autumn, it’s time for me to spotlight a shoe that will transition with you beautifully from outdoor adventure to urban lifestyle and, in my son’s case, college campus. A long-time fan of Xero hiking shoes, he has been happily testing the new Xero Melbourne, which features the same minimalist features he…

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Luci lights for summer ambiance and practicality

By Amy / August 25, 2020 /

Want to add ambiance and cheer to your campsite game, and provide needed illumination at the same time? AND not burn through batteries? We’ve loved Luci lights for a long time, and they only get more practical and versatile. This summer, I’ve been checking out the new Luci Solar String Lights, which are $45 for…

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GCI Outdoor cook station for your next camping adventure

By Amy / August 18, 2020 /

In order to find safe travel options, I’ve been doing a lot of camping and road tripping, mostly in a Westfalia camper van. Not to brag, but I think we’ve finally got our outdoor kitchen setup dialed, pairing a few older camp tables with the GCI Outdoor Slim-Fold Cook Station. The beauty of this product…

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