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.
GSI Outdoors stainless steel

GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Steel Base Camper cookset

Granite Gear Toughsack

Granite Gear Toughsacks for multiple use

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Chill Angel Essential Tank for summer nights

Thousand helmet

Thousand bike helmet for at-home exploration


Six Moon Designs Daybreaker pack for home and abroad

#vanlife camping with Thule

Cargo box solution for #vanlife camping

EcoVessel WAVE

EcoVessel water bottles for travel and day use

GSI Outdoors Dutch oven

GSI Outdoors Dutch oven for close-to-home camping

Printsfield socks

Brighten up your quarantine with Printsfield socks

Mountain Khaki Adventurist

Mountain Khakis men’s wear for spring


Eyeskey Waterproof Binoculars

By Amy / June 7, 2016 /

Recently, I had the opportunity to go birding during a trip to SW Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. A few months before that, I was in rural Alberta, and coming up, I have a trip to spot wildlife in Costa Rica and Panama. For all of these trips, I like to bring my own binoculars. Of course,…

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Waka Waka

Waka Waka Power+ solar charger

By Amy / May 31, 2016 / Comments Off on Waka Waka Power+ solar charger

If you’re looking for a solar-powered light to take into the backcountry, on an international trip to a less developed country, or just into the backyard fort, you have a lot of products to choose from. The Waka Waka Power+ is not only fun to say, but packs a pretty powerful punch, ticking not one…

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Aventura sun hats for summer travel

By Amy / May 24, 2016 / Comments Off on Aventura sun hats for summer travel

Nothing says summer to me quite like breaking out my selection of sun hats and fedoras. I’ve long attested to the fact that accessories make fashion easy to pull off when you’re traveling, but let’s face it: a lot of hats are bulky or fragile, and just don’t pack well. Until hat boxes come back…

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Klymit Static V sleeping pads for the family

By Amy / May 17, 2016 / Comments Off on Klymit Static V sleeping pads for the family

Camping season is here in most of the Northern Hemisphere, and there’s good news for those of us who like to camp and backpack light, but also comfortably. I’m not a fan of cutting ounces in my pack only to lie on hard ground at night, or with a ‘torso only’ pad. Just not for…

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HomingPIN tags for travel

By Amy / May 10, 2016 / Comments Off on HomingPIN tags for travel

I’m pretty excited about HomingPIN. At first glance, this lost property recovery system looks like it’s going to be pretty complicated, and probably expensive. For this reason, I actually didn’t investigate it for some time. In fact, it’s both inexpensive, and easy to use. What it is: HomingPIN is a global lost property recovery system…

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Sound + Sleep MINI

By Amy / May 3, 2016 / Comments Off on Sound + Sleep MINI

There are plenty of sleep studies and scientific data about white noise machines and sleep, and of course you can go look those up. My own take on using a sound therapy system is purely anecdotal: I am an extremely light sleeper and travel frequently; until I got a Sound + Sleep MINI, I didn’t…

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Yoga to go: Travel yoga tote and mat

By Amy / April 26, 2016 / Comments Off on Yoga to go: Travel yoga tote and mat

I love to practice yoga while on the road. When I don’t have time for my usual exercise routine, I can almost always spend 15-30 minutes in yoga practice in any hotel room. Sometimes, I’m lucky enough to find a class to join at a resort, and they’ll rent me a mat to use, but…

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Nemo Meta LE 2-person tent

By Amy / April 19, 2016 / Comments Off on Nemo Meta LE 2-person tent

This spring, my teen son and I have been on a mission to find the most user-friendly trekking poleĀ backpacking tent. Our family anticipates logging a lot of backcountry nights this summer, many of which will be on the Pacific Crest Trail, and we want to pack light. Since my son and his friend use trekking…

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High Sierra spring layers for men and women

By Amy / April 5, 2016 / Comments Off on High Sierra spring layers for men and women

In our region of the Northwest, we’ve entered that season of difficult-to-decipher weather known as spring. We’re still skiing in the mountains, but the air is definitely more balmy than it was a month ago, and we’re also starting to hike and bike the trails. It’s definitely time to put away the parkas and get…

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REI Talusphere jacket for women

By Amy / March 22, 2016 / Comments Off on REI Talusphere jacket for women

Spring may be just around the corner, but for me, it’s still solidly winter. Ideal for those outdoor adventure days when you may work up a sweat in the sun or those spring ski days where anything goes in terms of weather, the REI Talusphere jacket is lightweight, incredibly flexible, and well ventilated. Made for…

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