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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

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

GravityWorks

Gravity-based water filter system round-up

pelican-backpack-cooler-soft-coolers-cbkpk

Pelican Dayventure backpack cooler: ready-made for outdoor adventure

My Grayl in the wild.

Grayl GEOPRESS purifier for backcountry and travel

White Sierra fall travel clothing | Practical Travel Gear 1

White Sierra fall travel clothing

By Amy / August 25, 2015 / Comments Off on White Sierra fall travel clothing

It can be hard to find travel clothing that transitions well from summer to fall, and who wants to buy a new wardrobe for every season? White Sierra, a brand I’ve always appreciated for their affordability, has done a good job with their skirts and pants this year, with two offerings in particular that I’ve…

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Outdoor Research Aspire Pant and Kayak Gear Accessories | Practical Travel Gear 3

Outdoor Research Aspire Pant and Kayak Gear Accessories

By Amy / August 18, 2015 / Comments Off on Outdoor Research Aspire Pant and Kayak Gear Accessories

A few weeks ago, I wrote about three products that helped us out while backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail. This week, I’m back with some products that we loved using during a multi-day sea kayaking trip in Washington state. Like with backpacking, there’s not a lot of extra room for luxuries while kayaking, but a…

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Three practical Sea to Summit backpacking items | Practical Travel Gear 1

Three practical Sea to Summit backpacking items

By Amy / August 4, 2015 / Comments Off on Three practical Sea to Summit backpacking items

Last week, my 16-year-old son and I section-hiked through two Oregon wilderness areas of the PCT. Three Sea to Summit products definitely pulled their weight on the trip, and made our job as hikers easier. Pack Tap water container: My dad has an age-old water storage bladder with a tap he’s been hanging (somewhat precariously)…

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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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