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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.
Adept sweater

Title Nine travel-ready pieces for fall


Glerups boots and slippers for cozy fall fashion

Filson tote

Filson rugged tote bag for fall travel

Toad & Co fall wardrobe picks

Toad & Co fall favorites for travel

Chaco wayfarer

The Chaco sandal that transitions to fall

Pivot Tote

Eco-conscious travel: Camelbak Pivot tote bag and Pivot sling

Mammut Seon

Mammut Seon Transporter for weekend trips


Gravity-based water filter system round-up


Pelican Dayventure backpack cooler: ready-made for outdoor adventure

My Grayl in the wild.

Grayl GEOPRESS purifier for backcountry and travel

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 /

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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ExOfficio Kukura Pant for Women | Practical Travel Gear

ExOfficio Kukura Pant for Women

By Amy / September 8, 2015 / Comments Off on ExOfficio Kukura Pant for Women

An all-round, versatile travel pant is crucial for my lifestyle. If you–like me–go from hiking and trekking to airport lounges and city tours, you need a pant you can pack and know it will be there for all situations. Enter the ExOfficio Kukura Pant. This pant is flattering, comfortable, durable, and stylish. Honestly, I love…

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Fjallraven Duffel No.6 | Practical Travel Gear

Fjallraven Duffel No.6

By Amy / September 1, 2015 / Comments Off on Fjallraven Duffel No.6

Sometimes you need carry-on luggage with wheels and a handle and laptop compartments, and sometimes, you simply need a tough, no-nonsense duffel. This is where the Fjallraven Duffel No.6 comes in. Bar none, this bag is the most rugged, sturdy, and strong I’ve ever used. The Duffel No.6 has joined me on several outdoor adventure…

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