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.
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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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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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Sun-protection from Title Nine

By Amy / July 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

Planning a warm-weather trip to a sandy beach or poolside oasis? Or are you perhaps packing for a river rafting expedition, paddleboarding or kayaking adventure, or women’s surf camp? Title Nine has you covered…literally. And you’ll still look great with a bit less skin exposed to those harmful UV rays, I promise. I checked out…

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Warm weather travel staples from Krimson Klover

By Amy / June 25, 2019 / 0 Comments

Krimson Klover is a staple for travel-ready, fashionable wear, and this summer, I tried two new dresses and a fantastic tee that have already joined me on two trips. The Everyday Tee is a spandex-cotton blend that comes in six colors designed to match KK’s prints and solids in their skirts and shorts. You get…

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Summer bag pick: eqpd Last Bag

By Amy / June 18, 2019 / 0 Comments

Most of us are working hard–both at home and while traveling–to avoid disposal items and reduce consumption. Personally, I’m on a mission to avoid disposable plastic at all costs, which, as many can surely attest, is harder on the road than at home. Eqpd is helping my cause with their Last Bag collection. This is…

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International travel’s a breeze with Eagle Creek Gear Warrior travel pack

By Amy / June 11, 2019 / 0 Comments

Eagle Creek’s Gear Warrior travel pack is ready to go when you are, and won’t slow you down if you plan to navigate a lot of different transportation options, do a lot of walking, or take the stairs instead of the elevator. With a capacity of 45 liters (dimensions are 12.5 x 21.5 x 10.5…

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