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.
Pakems Packable Boots | Practical Travel Gear 2

Pakems Packable Boots

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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

Cargo box solution for #vanlife camping

By Amy / May 26, 2020 /

Most reputable sources predict that this summer, most Americans will opt to travel by car instead of air, with a big uptick in road trip travel once it’s safe to do so. To kick off the start of the summer travel season, with hopes that travel will soon be part of our plans again, I…

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EcoVessel water bottles for travel and day use

By Amy / May 19, 2020 /

It’s more important than ever to bring your own water bottle or drinking vessel with you wherever you go, both for environmental reasons as well as health and safety concerns. EcoVessel has several options for family travel and at-home use that we’ve been testing out on daily walks close to home. The New Wave bottle…

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GSI Outdoors Dutch oven for close-to-home camping

By Amy / May 12, 2020 /

I’ve always wanted to try Dutch oven cooking while camping, and this spring proved the perfect time. Camping close to home, I was knew I would have the time it took to bake a backcountry meal. To my surprise, however, GSI Outdoors’ hard-anodized Dutch oven was easy to use, and my recipe took less than…

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Brighten up your quarantine with Printsfield socks

By Amy / May 5, 2020 /

I don’t know about you, but I could use a pick-me-up! Printsfield prints any image on their high-quality socks, which makes for fun gifts and travel momentos. You can personalize any of their products, and ordering took me only about five minutes. Here’s how it works: Step one: pick out your socks. You can narrow…

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Mountain Khakis men’s wear for spring

By Amy / April 28, 2020 /

Whether you’re at home this spring or able to socially distance on the trails, lakes, or rivers, Mountain Khakis has you covered with shirts that are rugged enough for adventure yet light enough for comfort as the days turn warm. My teen boys are loving the Adventurist Signature Print shirt, which is currently on sale…

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GSI Outdoors kitchen accessories: Time to get your camping game dialed

By Amy / April 21, 2020 /

Spring is the prefect time of year to get your camping game dialed, and if your camping kitchen could use a few luxury items to make getting up and getting food prepped a breeze, the following camping kitchen accessories are in order: GSI Outdoors pour over java set: If you’re like me, nothing quite manages…

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Danner Rivercomber shoe for summer adventure

By Amy / April 14, 2020 /

Danner has been making shoes and boots ready for adventure since 1932. And just as soon as we can all start exploring the outdoors again, I’ll be wearing my new Danner Rivercomber shoes for my water-centric summer adventures. I have a river rafting trip planned, and I know these hydro-ready sneakers will be perfect for…

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Gregory Juno backpack for day hikes in the outdoors

By Amy / April 7, 2020 /

Now is the time for exercise near home, and when you set out on your local trails (practicing social distancing measures, of course), you need a day pack that can go all day long, carrying everything you need. The Gregory Juno pack fits the bill with all the bells and whistles you could need in…

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GSI Outdoors Escape Pot and Frypan for off the grid escape

By Amy / March 31, 2020 /

In these current, unprecedented times, running for the hills and enjoying some nature and fresh air is an appealing form of social distancing. It gave me the perfect opportunity to try out the new Escape 3L pot and frypan from GSI Outdoors. This collapsible silicone pot takes up over 50 percent less space in your…

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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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