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

Royal Robbins Hemp line for comfort and style

By Amy / August 11, 2020 /

I’ve been traveling in Royal Robbins for years, and I’m so glad they’ve jumped onboard the hemp clothing trend. Sustainable and comfortable, hemp material doesn’t wrinkle, feels so soft to the touch, and can take a beating. Right now, we’re only road tripping and camping, and Royal Robbins has been along for the ride. I’ve…

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Tarpestry tarps for your next camping or road trip

By Amy / August 4, 2020 /

Tarp + tapestry = Tarpestry! This creative company is making multi-use tarps that are pretty enough to be displayed. Perfect for camping trips, #vanlife, road tripping, and at-home use, these beautiful tarps are rugged and serve multiple purposes. I’ve used mine as a water-resistant picnic blanket, as a tablecloth at the campground, as a sunshade,…

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Ignik gas growler to live your best #vanlife!

By Amy / July 28, 2020 /

Road tripping, camping, and camper van life are all having quite the moment right now. Those of us who love the outdoors and exploration are turning to self-sustained travel options in which we have the ability to make our own meals and sleep in our own beds, whether those beds are sleeping bags or RV…

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Masks made for outdoor adventure

By Amy / July 21, 2020 /

This month, I’ve been testing masks made by two companies based in my corner of Oregon. Both are designed with exercise and outdoor adventure in mind. Neither are N95, and both are designed for the general public, for the purpose of protecting the wearer and those they encounter on the trail, at the campsite, and…

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Therm-a-rest Vela quilt for cozier travels

By Amy / July 14, 2020 /

‘Tis the season for road trips, car camping, and local escapes! If your travels will have you cuddling up with a partner or family member, Therm-a-rest’s Vela double quilt needs to be packed in your car, camper, or tent! This extremely packable and lightweight double-sized quilt is the perfect addition to the campfire, backseat of…

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Kelty Late Start 2 tent for local getaways

By Amy / July 7, 2020 /

Most of us are exploring locally this summer, which can mean late starts on the trail or to the campground if you’re breaking away after work. Whether you’re escaping the daily grind by working remotely at your local campground or enjoying a quick weekend backpacking trip, the Kelty Late Start 2 tent helps you get…

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GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Steel Base Camper cookset

By Amy / June 30, 2020 /

We review a lot of GSI Outdoor gear here, and for good reason. This outdoor camping gear brand finds that sweet spot of high value and high quality, and as a result, nearly my entire camp kitchen now consists of GSI. Recently, I realized that the GSI Outdoors Selkirk camp stove, which I reviewed last…

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Granite Gear Toughsacks for multiple use

By Amy / June 23, 2020 /

Can you have too many stuff sacks? Nope! Whether I’m camping, backpacking, skiing, or traveling, having extra gear bags is as essential as a multi-tool or zip-locks. I love that Granite Gear has multiple options in their Toughsack line, allowing me to have a variety of sizes at the ready for every purpose. The Toughsack…

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Chill Angel Essential Tank for summer nights

By Amy / June 16, 2020 /

I’ve been a huge fan of Chill Angel for several years now. This company that specializes in Merino wool pajamas and loungewear has been making women feel more comfortable in their own skin since launching their first sleep shirt, and I’ve found each piece to be versatile and practical. For instance, their sleepwear is often…

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Thousand bike helmet for at-home exploration

By Amy / June 9, 2020 /

Like most people, I’ve been taking up hobbies close to home during the past few months, including a newfound enjoyment of bike riding. I’ve had trouble finding a bike helmet that matches my sense of style (casual) while still providing all the comfort and features I need. Thousand has so many helmets in vibrant colors,…

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