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.
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

Gregory Paragon men’s backpack

By Amy / March 24, 2020 /

It’s time to make sure you’re ready for backpacking season, and so I had my adult son try out the new Gregory Paragon men’s pack. This pack comes in three sizes: 48L, 58L, and 68L. We personally feel that the 58L option is the sweet spot for anyone who is not an ultralight backpacker and…

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Ultralight backpacking options from Therm-a-Rest

By Amy / March 17, 2020 /

Are you all geared up for the upcoming backpacking season? Sleeping bags and pads have become lighter than ever, while not compromising on warmth, so if you’re ready to snuggle in without breaking your back in the trail, read on! Therm-a-Rest Vesper quilt: Cozy up at night while only carrying 19 ounces on your back.…

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Sleeping pads geared toward car camping comfort

By Amy / March 10, 2020 /

Camping season is just around the corner, and whether you’ll be cozying up in a tent, yurt, rustic cabin, or camper, you deserve a good night’s rest. There are amazingly lightweight backpacking pads out there, but when I am driving to my campsite, I am down for some extra padding and comfort. Enter two choices…

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Road trip and camping essential: LifeSaver Jerrycan

By Amy / March 3, 2020 /

If you crave outdoor adventure or like to be off-the-grid while you’re traveling, you’ve had to think through a plan for bringing potable water along for the ride. Yes, you can opt for a few rinsed out milk jugs of tap water, and you should probably go ahead and stash those somewhere in your rig,…

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Ski-ready travel: Julbo Cyrius goggles

By Amy / February 25, 2020 /

When you travel for a ski vacation, you need one-quiver gear that can all be stashed into one boot bag for packing ease. Julbo’s Cyrius Reactiv goggles are all-weather, all-purpose without compromising on the high quality you need. Forget bringing multiple pairs of goggles to serve different conditions: the CYRIUS has a¬†cylindrical photochromic lens with…

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Title Nine Dream Dress

By Amy / February 18, 2020 /

Who else is eager to enjoy warm weather travel destinations? I have my new all-activity, all-situations dress at the ready: the Title Nine Dream Dress. What makes this dress so dreamy? Let’s start with the signature ‘Buttah’ fabric (90% poly, 10% spandex) that does indeed feel soft as butter on your skin. Then there’s the…

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Chill Angel Merino wool for your Valentine

By Amy / February 11, 2020 /

Chill Angel is a woman-owned company I just can’t stop raving about. Every item I’ve reviewed has been deliciously luxurious, warm, comfortable, practical and pretty. This Merino wool sleep and loungewear is designed by women for women to help us all keep cool and dry while we sleep. The 100 percent wool is super soft…

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KEEN and Astral shoes ready for trail and travel

By Amy / February 4, 2020 /

This winter and spring, I have several city destinations on my travel list, plus outdoor adventures that won’t involve snow. I need shoes that can go from the plane to the city streets and the hotel to the trails. Two picks for two different environments below! Astral Hemp Loyak: This casual yet active shoe has…

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Keen Elena Boot for winter style

By Amy / January 28, 2020 /

The challenge of winter destination travel is in the packing! How to travel light while still bringing all the winter-weather gear you need? Choose your winter footwear carefully. Nothing takes up more room in your duffel or suitcase than your shoes. This winter, I’ve been trying out Keen’s Elena boot, which comes in a mid-boot…

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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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