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.
GSI Outdoors Pinnacle and Halulite Cook Sets | Practical Travel Gear

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle and Halulite Cook Sets

KEEN Class 6 Sandals | Practical Travel Gear 1

KEEN Class 6 Sandals

Pakems Packable Boots | Practical Travel Gear 2

Pakems Packable Boots

Cozy but Tough: Flannel-lined Pants from Mountain Khakis | Practical Travel Gear 2

Mountain Khakis Granite Creek Pant for men and women

Helly Hansen 50L Duffel | Practical Travel Gear

Helly Hansen 50L Duffel

Best Lightweight Tent: Sea to Summit Duo Specialist Shelter

Best Lightweight Tent: Sea to Summit Duo Specialist Shelter

ScotteVest

Scottevest Women’s Travel Vest

Running and exercise clothing that travels well

By Amy / January 21, 2020 /

When I travel, I can’t give up my exercise routine, but I also won’t compromise on luggage space. The solution: running and exercise clothing that can double for days on the town or walking through museums. Here are some favorite pieces from this winter that do the job: Icebreaker deluxe leggings: I love, love, love…

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GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Backpacker cookware set

By Amy / January 14, 2020 /

Ready to head into the woods with your favorite person and cook up a meal or two? GSI Outdoors has my favorite cookware set for the occasion. Why I love the Bugaboo Backpacker set: this cookware system is all-purpose, affordable, and convenient. The entire set nests into the included pot, and the total weight is…

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Danner Trail 2650 GTX for your 2020 hiking adventures

By Amy / January 7, 2020 /

Danner has been making hiking shoes since 1932, so they’re retro without even trying. Their women’s Trail 2650 GTX  is a nod to the length of the Pacific Crest Trail, and this shoe is up to the task, whether you’re hiking from Mexico to Canada or just out for the weekend. I love that this…

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Helly Hansen winter layers

By Amy / December 31, 2019 /

‘Tis the season to make sure you have your winter alpine ski season wear! We’ve been checking out some staples from Helly Hansen this month, including a dual-purpose mid-layer and an apres-ski pullover you won’t want to miss out on. Lifaloft Hybrid Insulator jacket: The perfect weight and thickness to pair with a Merino wool…

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Icebreaker Waypoint Sweater for cold weather travel

By Amy / December 24, 2019 /

Icebreaker’s Waypoint Roll Neck Sweater is Merino wool goodness in a tunic length. I love this length for travel days because it works so well with leggings and tights, which take up far less room in my carry-on than jeans or slacks. (Of course, the Waypoint will look great with those, too, especially your favorite…

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Winter layering pieces for women who travel

By Amy / December 17, 2019 /

Title Nine Super Power sweater: What’s your super power? This sweater’s super power is velvety-softness that’s somehow still tough as nails. The Super Power sweater is a Title Nine original that is stylish and fun while still practical and ready to put in some work. It’s made of 60% extra fine Merino wool and 40%…

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Outdoor Research Illuminate Down Hoody

By Amy / December 10, 2019 /

Every traveler needs one great down jacket in their wardrobe. Down jackets or ‘puffer jackets’ pack down small, are lightweight to wear, move with the body, and keep you extremely warm in chilly temperatures. Recently, I tested the Outdoor Research Illuminate down hoody, which comes in a men’s and women’s version in a lot of…

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Three layering options for women this winter

By Amy / December 3, 2019 /

If you’re traveling to winter weather destinations, it’s time to layer up, ladies! This week, I have three women-specific winter layering options that will travel with you for any active outdoorsy vacation or expedition. Kari Traa Maria top: If you haven’t heard of Kari Traa, this European company founded by the champion freestyle skier (of…

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Costa and Julbo sunglasses for active travel

By Amy / November 26, 2019 /

Are you headed somewhere sunny for the winter holidays? Or maybe you’re skiing and snowshoeing, and need eye protection that can move with you. Either way, I’ve recently tested three sunglass options for the active, outdoorsy traveler. Costa Vela: With 100% UV protection polarized lenses, Hydrolite® nose pads and adjustable temple tips, the Vela is…

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Selkirk

Camping stove for 2020: GSI Outdoors Selkirk 540

By Amy / November 19, 2019 /

‘Tis the season to buy that camper in your life the new gear he or she is fawning over (or maybe that camper is you, and you’re ready to treat yourself this holiday season…that’s just fine, too!). If you have an RV, camper van, or tent camper in your life, I can guarantee that person…

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