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.
The Last Bag

Summer bag pick: eqpd Last Bag

Gear Warrior travel pack

International travel’s a breeze with Eagle Creek Gear Warrior travel pack

floating sunglasses

Rheos floating sunglasses for on-the-water days

LOWA boots

LOWA Mauria GTX hiking boot for women

Zenbivy sleep system

Zenbivy Light Bed for summer camping comfort

women's flo

Stohlquist Women’s Flo life jacket for summer fun

LOWA San Diego

Lifestyle pieces for travel days: LOWA San Diego GTX and Art 4 All trucker hat

Six Moon Designs

International travel solution: Six Moon Designs Traveler pack

Bindle Bottle

Bindle Bottle summer solution

Sea to summit sleep system

Sea to Summit comfort sleep system for the summer

Gear up for backpacking season with the Gregory Jade 53

By Amy / April 9, 2019 / 0 Comments

Gregory makes a nice line of women’s backpacking/overnight packs, but the Jade 53 is the only one that offers the exact sizing I prefer when I’m headed into the wilderness. I’m not a minimalist hiker, so a 40 liter or smaller pack is not right for me during overnights, but I’m also not a must-have-my-luxuries…

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Aventura Clothing travel wear for spring

By Amy / April 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

Spring is officially here in the Northern Hemisphere, and maybe I’m feeling optimistic about the weather here in the Pacific Northwest, but I’ve been testing out some summer travel dresses from Aventura Clothing. Here’s what I love best: Celia dress: Dress it up or dress it down…the Celia dress is ready for anything. Made of…

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Toad & Co travel wear for spring

By Amy / March 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

I love Toad & Co for their eco-friend practices (hello, sustainable materials and eco-packaging!) as much as for their fashion sense. Plus, their clothing is always very comfortable, practical for travel days, and interesting and fresh. If I get a compliment in an airport or at a hotel, I can be almost certain I’m wearing…

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Rumpl printed down puffy blanket for spring

By Amy / March 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

It’s still chilly outside in much of the US, but get outside and explore anyway! You can start your outdoor travel and adventure season early with Rumpl blankets at the ready. Seriously, I keep a Rumpl in the back of the car at all times, have another in my camping gear stash, and another at…

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Nomad Apple Watch straps for travel and home

By Amy / March 12, 2019 / 0 Comments

I travel with my Apple Watch, because I find it useful for getting prompt alerts from airlines on travel days and for using the haptic touch feature to get directions while I’m at my destination. That way, I’m never digging my phone out of my bag for every little thing, and I can be more…

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Get ready for spring break travel with IceMule

By Amy / March 5, 2019 / 0 Comments

If you’re headed somewhere sunny and warm this spring break, or perhaps embarking on a front or backcountry adventure via kayak or river raft, now is the time to look into how you’ll be keeping your provisions cold. We recently tested out the IceMule Pro backpack cooler, which is absolutely ideal for those of us…

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Katadyn Gravity BeFree 3.0 L filter

By Amy / February 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

I’ve long been a fan of gravity-based filtration systems. Their simplicity makes them reliable, and they’re lightweight, easily packable, and versatile. The Katadyn Gravity BeFree 3.0 L filter fits this bill perfectly. It’s extremely easy to use: you just fill the reservoir and hang it using the included rugged bail handle and carry loop, and…

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Six Moon Designs travel pouch

By Amy / February 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

I wasn’t familiar with Six Moon Designs until testing out their ePouch, designed specifically for travel days. They are known for their line of affordable, practical backpacking packs and tents, which have a utilitarian, streamlined look to them. It can be hard to find a travel bag that falls in the category between backpack and…

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Conner hats for winter and spring travel

By Amy / February 11, 2019 / 0 Comments

I’ve been a fan of Conner hats since falling in love with their wool Boho while on a dude ranch vacation in the west. This winter, we’ve been trying out two additional offerings, for very different trips: their Portland rain hat on a trip, appropriately, to Portland; and their Aztec men’s sun hat on a…

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Gregory Proxy travel backpack

By Amy / February 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

The Gregory Proxy 45 is the perfect weekender bag for adventurers! Small enough to be worn comfortably as a backpack while fully loaded, yet roomy enough to stash enough gear and clothing for a long weekend, the Proxy 45 has become my new companion for short trips. It’s just over three pounds, and has a…

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