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.

Pelican Dayventure backpack cooler: ready-made for outdoor adventure

My Grayl in the wild.

Grayl GEOPRESS purifier for backcountry and travel


Wallaroo Hats for summer travel

Kelty camp cooler

Kelty Folding Cooler and Bestie Blanket

Carve Designs

Carve Designs summer wear for women

titan roto cooler

Arctic Zone coolers for summer travel

Native Four Corners

Native sunglasses ready for summer in the outdoors

Title Nine long sleeve swimsuit

Sun-protection from Title Nine


Warm weather travel staples from Krimson Klover

The Last Bag

Summer bag pick: eqpd Last Bag

Craghoppers Adanya Hoody | Practical Travel Gear

Craghoppers Adanya Hoody

By Amy / November 24, 2015 / Comments Off on Craghoppers Adanya Hoody

Adults have a wide-selection of insect-shield and protectant clothing, so why shouldn’t kids? If anyone is going to neglect to put on insect repellant (or if there’s anyone who is most likely to be sensitive to the chemicals) it’s children. Craghoppers, who happens to make a puffy jacket my teens love, offers a cute-looking, lightweight…

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Cotopaxi Nepal 65L backpack | Practical Travel Gear

Cotopaxi Nepal 65L backpack

By Amy / November 17, 2015 / 1 Comment

Attention holiday shoppers! The Cotopaxi Nepal 65L is, without exception, the best all-round, multi-use travel and mountaineering backpack I’ve seen. If you have someone on your list (maybe you!) who needs a single pack that can go from the trail to the terminal, this may be the one. Why it’s great for international travel: The Nepal’s main…

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ExOfficio Round Trip Jacket for women | Practical Travel Gear

ExOfficio Round Trip Jacket for women

By Amy / November 10, 2015 / Comments Off on ExOfficio Round Trip Jacket for women

When I travel, I always bring a roller bag and a carry-on backpack or tote, and I don’t want to also pack a smaller purse or day pack for the relatively few items I need on me during non-travel days. The Exofficio Round Trip Jacket is absolutely perfect for those ‘in-between’ times. I can wear…

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Fjallraven Totepack 2 | Practical Travel Gear

Fjallraven Totepack 2

By Amy / November 3, 2015 / Comments Off on Fjallraven Totepack 2

It’s hard to find a tote or backpack for air travel that’s durable, weather-proof, fashionable, and practical. Even harder to find both in one bag. The Fjallraven Totepack  is my new favorite, and while I picked it up for one international trip in particular, it’s been my constant companion since. The Totepack delivers what it…

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Showers Pass Little Crossover rain jacket for kids | Practical Travel Gear

Showers Pass Little Crossover rain jacket for kids

By Amy / October 27, 2015 / Comments Off on Showers Pass Little Crossover rain jacket for kids

It’s tempting to buy a high quality rain jacket for the adults in the family then skimp out on the kids…hey, they grow fast! But a quality rain jacket can mean the difference between happy traveling kids and whiny, miserable ones. And when you’re on a family trip, the latter is always preferable. Everyone in…

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GSI Outdoors Personal Java Press | Practical Travel Gear

GSI Outdoors Personal Java Press

By Amy / October 20, 2015 / Comments Off on GSI Outdoors Personal Java Press

I’ve been on the lookout for a portable java press that performs well on both road trips and camping trips for some time now. The GSI Outdoors Java Press is light enough to pack in our camping gear (and even go on ‘luxury’ backpacking trips) but still substantial enough to be worth taking on the…

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Fjallraven Kaipak 58L | Practical Travel Gear 2

Fjallraven Kaipak 58L

By Amy / October 13, 2015 / 1 Comment

As avid backpackers, everyone in my family is constantly on the lookout for the ‘best’ technical backpack. Of course, as any outdoors-person knows, the ‘best’ depends entirely on the person and their preferences. I originally picked up the Fjallraven Kaipak for my 6’2” husband, but as it turned out, it was my 5’5” father who…

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

Fall Travel Dresses and Accessories from Aventura

By Amy / October 6, 2015 / Comments Off on Fall Travel Dresses and Accessories from Aventura

Aventura Clothing is one of my favorite women’s clothing brands for active women travelers. This eco-friendly brand offers a wide selection of organic cotton items that, season after season, prove to be both stylish and functional. Their pieces rarely wrinkle, pack down small, and most are versatile, meaning I can pack less in my bag for…

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Deuter Airlite 26L Backpack | Practical Travel Gear

Deuter Airlite 26L Backpack

By Amy / September 29, 2015 / Comments Off on Deuter Airlite 26L Backpack

I have an ongoing quest for the best all-round hiking daypack. I’ve found several contenders in the daypack category, the latest of which is the Deuter Airlite 26 SL. This women’s-specific backpack has a capacity of 26 liters, an ideal size for day hikes, touring, and travel days. It weighs just over two pounds empty,…

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

Top women’s travel clothing accessory: Kavu Pretty Poncho

By Amy / September 22, 2015 / Comments Off on Top women’s travel clothing accessory: Kavu Pretty Poncho

For every woman who has endured chilly airplane cabins, the Kavu Pretty Poncho is for you. This light, stylish poncho has become my go-to travel clothing accessory: it starts every journey with me on the plane, keeping me warm when the tiny overhead air conditioner blasts me unconditionally, then stows nicely in a handbag or backpack to…

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