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.
GCI Outdoors Pod Rocker

GCI Outdoor Pod Rocker chair for camping comfort

Big Agnes tarp

Big Agnes Deep Creek tarp for winter camping comfort


Snowfeet mini skis for at-home snow fun

Tom's paxton

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

Bose sleepbuds

Bose Sleepbuds II for every day and away

Owala freesip

Owala water bottle for easy hydration

Rapid Rope

Perfect stocking stuffer for campers: Rapid Rope review

Wild Tribute t-shirt

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

Branwyn essential innerwear

Branwyn ‘innerwear’ for cozy days

Eggtronic power bank

Eggtronic laptop power bank for your next adventure

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…

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Toad & Co Del Rey pants for comfy travel days

By Amy / November 3, 2020 /

Look hip and on-trend while secretly knowing that what you’re wearing rivals sweatpants in comfort! Toad & Co’s Del Rey Pull-On Pant actually reminds me of the comfy pants my grandmother used to wear…but put them on, and instantly, you get that hipster, slightly hippy vibe. Think Portlandia meets outdoorsy Denver. It comes in two…

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Buff options for safety and function

By Amy / October 27, 2020 /

There’s never been a better time to embrace Buff wear. Known for its multi-purpose uses, now, Buff head coverings can double as masks for safe social distancing and travel. I have been loving the women’s CoolNet UV+ offerings, which come in so many amazing patterns and colors, I can’t begin to list them all. Just…

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Toad & Co Forester Pass Raglan Jacket for fall fashion

By Amy / October 20, 2020 /

Here in Southern Oregon, the wildfires have subsided, we’re getting a bit of rain, and we’re finally digging out those fall layers and light jackets. Enter the Toad&Co Forester Pass Raglan Jacket, which is the perfect weight and look for early fall in the Pacific Northwest. Hopefully, wherever you are, you’re feeling some autumn goodness,…

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Sierra Designs Men’s Sierra Jacket

By Amy / October 13, 2020 /

The weather is starting to turn here in Oregon, and since most of us want to extend the outdoor season so we can safely recreate, exercise, and travel, we need to apparel to make that happen! Enter the Sierra Designs Sierra Jacket, featuring 800 fill dri-down with a 30D shadow rip polyester shell and nylon…

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Patagonia Nano Puff for fall adventures

By Amy / October 6, 2020 /

The Patagonia Nano Puff is a down jacket classic by this point, and here’s why it needs to be a staple in your outdoor adventure and travel wardrobe: Available as a jacket, hoody, or vest, the newest version of Patagonia’s tried-and-true down coat is made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyester. It utilizes P.U.R.E.™ (Produced…

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Xero Alpine

Xero Alpine boot for winter minimalism

By Amy / September 29, 2020 /

We’ve reviewed a number of Xero shoes here on Practical Travel Gear: for those who love a ‘barefoot’ feel, Xero shows are no-fuss, low-weight, and easy to pack for outdoor adventure and city travel alike. Today, I’m back with the new Alpine (I reviewed the men’s version with my teenage son). For those of you…

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Costa Waterwoman 2 for your next outdoor adventure

By Amy / September 22, 2020 /

Now is the time to embrace outdoor travel and backyard adventures, and if your backyard includes water, you’ll want the right sunglasses to rise to the challenges of 2020. I checked out Costa’s Waterwoman 2 sunnies during late summer kayaking and paddleboarding adventures, and here’s what I found. Costa’s Waterwoman 2 sunglasses sport a large…

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Cotopaxi Taal convertible tote for your next adventure

By Amy / September 15, 2020 /

If you’re road tripping, camping, or otherwise traveling in a socially-distanced, safe way this fall, do it in style with a company that’s doing good. Cotopaxi has long been known for their ‘Do good’ campaign, which donates 1 percent of their annual revenues to the Cotopaxi Foundation, and their products designed and made with environmental…

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Welcome Fall with the Sierra Designs Tuolumne Sweater

By Amy / September 8, 2020 /

My dad’s first backpacking gear came from Sierra Designs, and he passed down this loyalty to me, along with a lifelong love of the outdoors. I’m pleased to be trying out Sierra Designs’ women’s Tuolumne sweater this fall, perfect for end-of-the-season camping and backpacking trips before it transitions into my ski mid-layer. The Tuolumne sweater…

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