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.
Pivot Tote

Eco-conscious travel: Camelbak Pivot tote bag and Pivot sling

Mammut Seon

Mammut Seon Transporter for weekend trips

GravityWorks

Gravity-based water filter system round-up

pelican-backpack-cooler-soft-coolers-cbkpk

Pelican Dayventure backpack cooler: ready-made for outdoor adventure

My Grayl in the wild.

Grayl GEOPRESS purifier for backcountry and travel

cabo

Wallaroo Hats for summer travel

Kelty camp cooler

Kelty Folding Cooler and Bestie Blanket

Carve Designs

Carve Designs summer wear for women

titan roto cooler

Arctic Zone coolers for summer travel

Native Four Corners

Native sunglasses ready for summer in the outdoors

Eco-conscious travel: Camelbak Pivot tote bag and Pivot sling

By Amy / September 10, 2019 / 1 Comment

Yes, you know Camelbak for its hydration systems and water bottles, but this is just why their line of Repurposed bags and totes perfectly fits in with the brand message. Both the Pivot sling bag and Pivot tote are made with 70 percent recycled materials, or the equivalent of 25 plastic water bottles. You can…

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Mammut Seon Transporter for weekend trips

By Amy / September 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

Known for their rugged climbing and adventuring gear, Mammut has delivered what I think may be the best commuter pack or carry-on travel backpack out there. The Seon Transporter could even work as your only pack for a short weekend away, but I’ve been using mine as a work station and entertainment station for air…

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Gravity-based water filter system round-up

By Amy / August 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

We recently reviewed my go-to gravity-based water filter system, the Katadyn Gravity BeFree system. However, more brands have joined the game. Read on for reviews of two additional gravity-based systems, both of which have their pros and cons. LifeStraw Flex with gravity bag: Pair the confidence you already have in LifeStraw with the convenience of…

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Pelican Dayventure backpack cooler: ready-made for outdoor adventure

By Amy / August 20, 2019 / 0 Comments

This seems to be the summer of the soft-sided cooler…I’ve seen them everywhere. My favorite by far are the backpack designs, so that I can be hands-free to carry more gear to the lake, river, or campsite. I’ve found soft-sided coolers to be winning in the road trip department as well, as they’re easy to…

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Grayl GEOPRESS purifier for backcountry and travel

By Amy / August 13, 2019 / 0 Comments

My son recently traveled for three weeks through Indonesia. Then, I traveled across the Eastern Sierra in California. Vastly different places, but we had something in common: we both utilized the water treatment system that is the Grayl GEOPRESS Purifier. My Grayl in the wild. We both needed purified water during our trips; he didn’t…

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Wallaroo Hats for summer travel

By Amy / August 6, 2019 / 0 Comments

Wallaroo hats are among my all-time favorites. Why? They’re stylish yet practical, with adjustable bands and packable features. Plus, they’re made in Australia, where they know sun protection and have it down to a science. I am embarrassed to admit how many hats I own, but I continually reach for my Wallaroos, and they never…

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Kelty Folding Cooler and Bestie Blanket

By Amy / July 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

It’s summer lake, beach and pool season, plus road trip and festival time. Soon, tailgating will be added to the mix. We’ve been reviewing cooler options, including this offering from Kelty. Kelty Folding Cooler:  This camp cooler comes in a 25L or a 45L, and allows you to bypass the price tag of a hard…

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Carve Designs summer wear for women

By Amy / July 23, 2019 / 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I reviewed sunwear offerings from Title Nine, and I’m back today with Carve Designs summer wear. If you’re getting serious about sun protection like I am, and want travel-ready pieces that serve several purposes and mix and match with several swimsuits, read on! Capistrano crushable hat: Soft and crushable, this wide-brim…

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titan roto cooler

Arctic Zone coolers for summer travel

By Amy / July 16, 2019 / 0 Comments

We’re in the heart of the outdoor travel season here in North America, and in my household, our array of coolers are in full swing. This month, I tried out two offerings from Arctic Zone, the  Titan Roto cooler and the Titan backpack cooler. Here’s what I discovered, and how they compare to comparable coolers…

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Native sunglasses ready for summer in the outdoors

By Amy / July 9, 2019 / 0 Comments

We’ve all had expensive, fashionable sunglasses that just won’t stay on our face when we’re hiking, biking, paddleboarding or beachgoing, and I think we’ve all had it. I’ve had family try two styles from Native this season that stay put! These two designs combine style with function, eliminating any need for two pairs in your…

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