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.
Deuter Airlite 26L Backpack | Practical Travel Gear

Deuter Airlite 26L Backpack

Top women's travel clothing accessory: Kavu Pretty Poncho | Practical Travel Gear

Top women’s travel clothing accessory: Kavu Pretty Poncho

ExOfficio Kukura Pant for Women | Practical Travel Gear

ExOfficio Kukura Pant for Women

Fjallraven Duffel No.6 | Practical Travel Gear

Fjallraven Duffel No.6

White Sierra fall travel clothing | Practical Travel Gear 1

White Sierra fall travel clothing

Outdoor Research Aspire Pant and Kayak Gear Accessories | Practical Travel Gear 3

Outdoor Research Aspire Pant and Kayak Gear Accessories

Three practical Sea to Summit backpacking items | Practical Travel Gear 1

Three practical Sea to Summit backpacking items

Jade Yoga Travel Mat | Practical Travel Gear 2

Jade Yoga Travel Mat

Timbuk2 Copilot Wheeled Luggage | Practical Travel Gear

Timbuk2 Copilot Wheeled Luggage

Arc’teryx Zeta AR Jacket

Exclusive Yet Economical: Arc’teryx Zeta AR Jacket and Pant

Sea to Summit comfort sleep system for the summer

By Amy / April 16, 2019 / 0 Comments

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m over being miserable while I sleep outdoors. Whether backpacking or car camping, this is the summer go light while not sacrificing comfort. Sea to Summit has you covered, with new and improved pillows, sleeping pads and sleeping bags that will make you long for just one more night in…

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Gear up for backpacking season with the Gregory Jade 53

By Amy / April 9, 2019 / 0 Comments

Gregory makes a nice line of women’s backpacking/overnight packs, but the Jade 53 is the only one that offers the exact sizing I prefer when I’m headed into the wilderness. I’m not a minimalist hiker, so a 40 liter or smaller pack is not right for me during overnights, but I’m also not a must-have-my-luxuries…

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Aventura Clothing travel wear for spring

By Amy / April 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

Spring is officially here in the Northern Hemisphere, and maybe I’m feeling optimistic about the weather here in the Pacific Northwest, but I’ve been testing out some summer travel dresses from Aventura Clothing. Here’s what I love best: Celia dress: Dress it up or dress it down…the Celia dress is ready for anything. Made of…

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Toad & Co travel wear for spring

By Amy / March 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

I love Toad & Co for their eco-friend practices (hello, sustainable materials and eco-packaging!) as much as for their fashion sense. Plus, their clothing is always very comfortable, practical for travel days, and interesting and fresh. If I get a compliment in an airport or at a hotel, I can be almost certain I’m wearing…

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Rumpl printed down puffy blanket for spring

By Amy / March 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

It’s still chilly outside in much of the US, but get outside and explore anyway! You can start your outdoor travel and adventure season early with Rumpl blankets at the ready. Seriously, I keep a Rumpl in the back of the car at all times, have another in my camping gear stash, and another at…

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Nomad Apple Watch straps for travel and home

By Amy / March 12, 2019 / 0 Comments

I travel with my Apple Watch, because I find it useful for getting prompt alerts from airlines on travel days and for using the haptic touch feature to get directions while I’m at my destination. That way, I’m never digging my phone out of my bag for every little thing, and I can be more…

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Get ready for spring break travel with IceMule

By Amy / March 5, 2019 / 0 Comments

If you’re headed somewhere sunny and warm this spring break, or perhaps embarking on a front or backcountry adventure via kayak or river raft, now is the time to look into how you’ll be keeping your provisions cold. We recently tested out the IceMule Pro backpack cooler, which is absolutely ideal for those of us…

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Katadyn Gravity BeFree 3.0 L filter

By Amy / February 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

I’ve long been a fan of gravity-based filtration systems. Their simplicity makes them reliable, and they’re lightweight, easily packable, and versatile. The Katadyn Gravity BeFree 3.0 L filter fits this bill perfectly. It’s extremely easy to use: you just fill the reservoir and hang it using the included rugged bail handle and carry loop, and…

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Six Moon Designs travel pouch

By Amy / February 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

I wasn’t familiar with Six Moon Designs until testing out their ePouch, designed specifically for travel days. They are known for their line of affordable, practical backpacking packs and tents, which have a utilitarian, streamlined look to them. It can be hard to find a travel bag that falls in the category between backpack and…

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Conner hats for winter and spring travel

By Amy / February 11, 2019 / 0 Comments

I’ve been a fan of Conner hats since falling in love with their wool Boho while on a dude ranch vacation in the west. This winter, we’ve been trying out two additional offerings, for very different trips: their Portland rain hat on a trip, appropriately, to Portland; and their Aztec men’s sun hat on a…

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