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.
Helly Hansen 50L Duffel | Practical Travel Gear

Helly Hansen 50L Duffel

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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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Gregory Proxy travel backpack

By Amy / February 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

The Gregory Proxy 45 is the perfect weekender bag for adventurers! Small enough to be worn comfortably as a backpack while fully loaded, yet roomy enough to stash enough gear and clothing for a long weekend, the Proxy 45 has become my new companion for short trips. It’s just over three pounds, and has a…

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Big Agnes Big Joe Duffel for multi-purpose packing

By Amy / January 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

I’ve found the workhorse of all duffels! The Big Agnes Big Joe has become my go-to bag for all things messy, rugged, outdoorsy and practical. This tarmac waterproof bag can withstand anything! The Big Joe comes in three sizes (45L, 80L, and 110L), with multiple strap options to allow you to heft it to your…

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Garmont Tikal shoes for travel

By Amy / January 22, 2019 / 0 Comments

Garmont has been making rugged and tough hiking and mountaineering shoes for decades, but if you haven’t discovered their lifestyle line, called their ‘travel’ line, you are in for a treat! Seriously, my Garmont Tikal shoes have gone on every active trip I’ve taken since I got them! Here’s why: The Tikal is lightweight and comfortable,…

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Perfect for winter in the outdoors: Rumpl Ground Cover and Helinox Chair

By Amy / January 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

Anyone who reads this site already knows I love Rumpl blankets…I use them for everything from camping trips to soccer games to emergency storage in the back of the car for road trips. I love how they pack down small and are such a breeze to clean. Rumpl has a few new offerings, however, that…

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