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.
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

RHP_8513

Warm weather travel staples from Krimson Klover

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

Jade Yoga Travel Mat | Practical Travel Gear 2

Jade Yoga Travel Mat

By Amy / July 14, 2015 / Comments Off on Jade Yoga Travel Mat

I’m often asked how to stay active and healthy while on the road. Since we frequently travel, I have plenty of opportunity to figure out what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to exercise in hotel rooms and vacation homes. While at home, I practice yoga, and I find that continuing a yoga practice…

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Timbuk2 Copilot Wheeled Luggage | Practical Travel Gear

Timbuk2 Copilot Wheeled Luggage

By Amy / June 23, 2015 / Comments Off on Timbuk2 Copilot Wheeled Luggage

I’m a fan of Timbuk2 products. Before anyone else seemed to know the brand, I had my trusty three-toned messenger bag, which I used in college, then repurposed as a rugged diaper bag when my kids were small. I’ve since tried out several additional Timbuk2 bags and backpacks, but the Copilot is my first piece…

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Arc’teryx Zeta AR Jacket

Exclusive Yet Economical: Arc’teryx Zeta AR Jacket and Pant

By Amy / April 9, 2015 / Comments Off on Exclusive Yet Economical: Arc’teryx Zeta AR Jacket and Pant

Given the cost of high-quality outdoor apparel, I need my preferred wear to be three-season-friendly, versatile, and durable. I was immediately drawn to the Arc’teryx Zeta AR Jacket and pant, both due to Arc’teryx’s high standards and the many uses of the Zeta line. And don’t worry guys…these exact items come in a men’s version. See it…

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GSI Outdoors Pinnacle and Halulite Cook Sets | Practical Travel Gear

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle and Halulite Cook Sets

By Amy / September 16, 2014 / Comments Off on GSI Outdoors Pinnacle and Halulite Cook Sets

Ah, the world of integrated backpacking cook systems, in which value is determined in ounces and function derives from  minimalism. It’s quite impressive, how many cooking tools and utensils can fit into one compact system. Plus, those little cups and sporks are so cute. However, anyone who’s stood in the aisle of any outdoor store…

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KEEN Class 6 Sandals | Practical Travel Gear 1

KEEN Class 6 Sandals

By Amy / May 29, 2014 / Comments Off on KEEN Class 6 Sandals

I love multi-function, multi-sport shoes. The KEEN Class 6 is the perfect example of a hybrid shoe: it’s pretty enough to pair with capri pants to walk city streets, and tough enough to tackle rapids. The Class 6 is super lightweight (great news for packers) and breathable. You really do get the best of both worlds.…

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Pakems Packable Boots | Practical Travel Gear 2

Pakems Packable Boots

By Amy / March 4, 2014 / Comments Off on Pakems Packable Boots

In my quest for the perfect apres ski boot and all-round, packable outdoor travel shoe, I gave Pakems a trial run. This brand new product designed by a single mom is marketed as a lightweight, compressible shoe designed for use after a ski day. Pakems come in two styles (for both men and women): a high…

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Cozy but Tough: Flannel-lined Pants from Mountain Khakis | Practical Travel Gear 2

Mountain Khakis Granite Creek Pant for men and women

By Amy / October 15, 2013 / Comments Off on Mountain Khakis Granite Creek Pant for men and women

Mountain Khakis calls their lightweight, packable adventure pant the Granite Creek Pant. I call it the Do All, Go Everywhere, and Look Great Doing It Pant. (Wordy, but accurate. I’m sure Mountain Khakis will be calling me shortly to rename all their other pants, too.) The Granite Creek pant comes in men’s and women’s styles,…

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Helly Hansen 50L Duffel | Practical Travel Gear

Helly Hansen 50L Duffel

By Amy / September 17, 2013 / Comments Off on Helly Hansen 50L Duffel

You can’t go wrong with a classic. If you need a waterproof, rugged, all-purpose duffel bag and want to pay a bit less than you would for most adventure-gear brands of a similar size, Helly Hansen’s 50L duffel is for you. Helly Hansen offers their duffel bags in 30L, 50L, and 90L for  $75, $90,…

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Best Lightweight Tent: Sea to Summit Duo Specialist Shelter

By Amy / June 18, 2013 / 1 Comment

Let’s say you’re interested in ultra lightweight backpacking, but aren’t quite ready to sleep in a cocoon of a bivy shelter. Or let’s say you’re not an extremist, but want to allocate your pack pounds to other comforts besides your shelter. For the sake of argument, let’s also say you’re willing to budget big for…

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ScotteVest

Scottevest Women’s Travel Vest

By Amy / July 10, 2012 / 3 Comments

As a traveling woman who hates carrying a purse, I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of Scottevest clothing until now. With vests, jackets, shirts, pants, and even a dress in their line-up of travel wear, the Scottevest line is designed to keep your hands free and your pack light with numerous useful pockets in each…

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