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.
Fall Travel Dresses and Accessories from Aventura | Practical Travel Gear 1

Fall Travel Dresses and Accessories from Aventura

Deuter Airlite 26L Backpack | Practical Travel Gear

Deuter Airlite 26L Backpack

Top women's travel clothing accessory: Kavu Pretty Poncho | Practical Travel Gear

Top women’s travel clothing accessory: Kavu Pretty Poncho

ExOfficio Kukura Pant for Women | Practical Travel Gear

ExOfficio Kukura Pant for Women

Fjallraven Duffel No.6 | Practical Travel Gear

Fjallraven Duffel No.6

White Sierra fall travel clothing | Practical Travel Gear 1

White Sierra fall travel clothing

Outdoor Research Aspire Pant and Kayak Gear Accessories | Practical Travel Gear 3

Outdoor Research Aspire Pant and Kayak Gear Accessories

Three practical Sea to Summit backpacking items | Practical Travel Gear 1

Three practical Sea to Summit backpacking items

Jade Yoga Travel Mat | Practical Travel Gear 2

Jade Yoga Travel Mat

Timbuk2 Copilot Wheeled Luggage | Practical Travel Gear

Timbuk2 Copilot Wheeled Luggage

Big Agnes Deep Creek tarp for winter camping comfort

By Amy / January 12, 2021 /

Tis the season of winter car camping and van camping. If you’re living the #vanlife or RV life, you know how important it can be to extend your outdoor space. A large, high-quality tarp is an item that can be invaluable in the colder winter months, allowing for year-round camping, and can extend your summer…

Read More

Snowfeet mini skis for at-home snow fun

By Amy / January 5, 2021 /

Staying home this winter instead of visiting a major ski resort? Finding yourself on the local sledding hill more often than on the gondola? Me too. We’re having tons of fun with an innovative new product, though, called Snowfeet. Part skate, part ski, Snowfeet attach to your standard snow boots and can be used on…

Read More

Tom’s Paxton slip-on shoe for comfy winter travel

By Amy / December 29, 2020 /

Need to get on a plane this winter? Socially distancing outdoors or cozying up with your pod in a vacation rental or AirBnb? Tom’s Paxton slip-on is the shoe you need for your travel day…and your days by the fireplace. More substantial than Tom’s signature slip-ons, the Paxton is structured like an ankle boot but…

Read More

Bose Sleepbuds II for every day and away

By Amy / December 22, 2020 /

I’m a very light sleeper. Anything will wake me, from music at the adjacent campsite to a TV in the hotel room next to me, to my partner’s snoring. I also have a hard time relaxing into sleep at night, even in quiet conditions. I’ve been using Bose Sleepbuds for over a year now, and…

Read More

Owala water bottle for easy hydration

By Amy / December 15, 2020 /

I’m pretty sure I’ve tried every water bottle on the market, and there’s something wrong with every one of them. If it’s wide-mouth, I can’t control the flow. If it has a straw, it leaks at elevation on the plane. Some are too big, some are too small, some too complicated. I still haven’t found…

Read More

Perfect stocking stuffer for campers: Rapid Rope review

By Amy / December 8, 2020 /

Rapid Rope is one of those great ideas I’m kicking myself for not thinking of! Recently featured on Shark Tank, Rapid Rope is just that: it’s a can of ready-t0-unspool rope that you can utilize on demand, in whatever amount you need, when you need it. It stays organized and neat in its can when…

Read More

Wild Tribute: the perfect gift for the national park lover on your list

By Amy / December 1, 2020 /

Looking for a unique gift for the national park lover on your list? How about the outdoorsman or woman or backpacker or hiker? Wild tribute shirts are the perfect nod to our national park system, and they give back, too! Wild Tribute makes fun and beautiful T-shirts unique to various national parks, and donates four…

Read More

Branwyn ‘innerwear’ for cozy days

By Amy / November 24, 2020 /

It’s that time of year…when we all want to cozy up. We’re also shopping for holiday stocking stuffers, and Branwyn should be your go-to for the women in your life. I tried out their Merino wool bralette and their hipster underwear, and can confirm that this is what you want next to your skin this…

Read More

Eggtronic laptop power bank for your next adventure

By Amy / November 17, 2020 /

None of us are flying as much as we might like these days, whether for pleasure or for work, but if you’re like me, you’re still itching to get away every once in a while. Maybe you’re working from home, so you can work from anywhere, or maybe you have online remote learners at home,…

Read More

Keen Howser II slide shoe

By Amy / November 10, 2020 /

Keen’s Howser II slide is one part sneaker, one part slipper, and one part moc. Equally at home on your feet around the house as they are in the ski warming hut or at that hostel you can’t wait to try once international travel opens back up, the Howser II manages to effortlessly combine style…

Read More