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.
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GSI Outdoors Dutch oven for close-to-home camping

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Danner Rivercomber

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Gregory Paragon men’s backpack


UST Multi-Tools for Outdoor Travel

By Amy / February 9, 2016 / Comments Off on UST Multi-Tools for Outdoor Travel

If you ask me, you can’t have too many multi-tools. I stash them in my purse, in the car for road trips, in my day pack for day hikes, and of course, in my camping gear and my backpacking gear. UST Brands has been making survival and outdoor tools for nearly a century, and they…

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Innate Deltos RFID Blocking Passport Wallet

By Amy / February 2, 2016 / Comments Off on Innate Deltos RFID Blocking Passport Wallet

Innate is known for making quality travel gear that protects your valuables and keeps you organized. I’m not surprised they’re ready with RFID blocking technology. For a recent trip to Europe, I knew I needed a slim billfold that would house my passport and a few cards, plus have space for cash. I planned to…

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Hi-Tec Altitude Lite Jr hiking boot for kids

By Amy / January 26, 2016 / Comments Off on Hi-Tec Altitude Lite Jr hiking boot for kids

We’ve reviewed multiple Hi-Tec shoes and boots, including the men’s lightweight Altitude Lite, but what about the Altitude Lite for kids? Hi-Tec Altitude Lite Jr  combines the same high-quality, low impact hiking boot for adults with a fit designed just for younger hikers. We have three junior hikers in the family, and while each love the…

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STM Atlas iPhone 6 case

By Amy / January 19, 2016 /

My iPhone changes ‘clothes’ depending on my travel destination. For major outdoor adventures, you can bet it’s armored in a waterproof, shatterproof case, for instance, whereas on low key days, it needs only slim protection. Lately, my favorite case for light travel days or everyday use at home is the STM Atlas. The Atlas comes sized…

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Healthy Back Bag by AmeriBag

By Amy / January 12, 2016 / Comments Off on Healthy Back Bag by AmeriBag

I’ve been hearing buzz about Healthy Back Bags (or HBB) for a few months now, and am glad to get my hands on one to try it out. What is a HBB? Essentially, it’s a cross-body sling bag, designed intelligently to save your back and posture. Does it deliver? For the most part, yes. To…

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LOWA Innox Evo GTX Lo Shoes

By Amy / January 5, 2016 / Comments Off on LOWA Innox Evo GTX Lo Shoes

Before any major trip, I fret quite a lot about my shoes. Anyone traveling carry-on only understands why: shoes and boots take up the most room in my bag, so each selection had better pull its weight! For my most recent winter trip to Europe, I packed one pair of low-cut boots for slush and…

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Super.Natural base layers for winter travel

By Amy / December 29, 2015 / Comments Off on Super.Natural base layers for winter travel

Base layers are a must for winter travel. Of course, they’re a no-brainer on an outdoor-focused vacation like a ski trip, but we bring base layers on city travel too, during the cold months. Right now, we’re in Europe, and it’s chilly! I brought three Super.Natural base layer items, including the women’s base tight, base…

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Blundstone boots for women and kids | Practical Travel Gear 1

Blundstone boots for women and kids

By Amy / December 15, 2015 / Comments Off on Blundstone boots for women and kids

As an American consumer and traveler, I hadn’t heard of Blundstone footwear, an Australian boot company. I’m very glad I was introduced! These classic boots have clean lines, rich leather, and rugged soles…basically everything you need in a quality winter and fall boot, and nothing you don’t. I tried out Blundstone’s women’s boot, in black leather.…

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ExOfficio Wanderlux Crossfront shirt | Practical Travel Gear

ExOfficio Wanderlux Crossfront shirt

By Amy / December 8, 2015 / Comments Off on ExOfficio Wanderlux Crossfront shirt

Well, ExOfficio has done it again. Somehow, they keep making travel shirts I would happily sleep in, they’re so comfortable. Even more remarkable: they don’t look like something I’d sleep in. The ExOfficio Wanderlux Crossfront is the perfect example. Right out of the box or off the rack, it’s immediately obvious this shirt is one of…

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White Sierra Zephyr Jacket | Practical Travel Gear

White Sierra Zephyr Jacket

By Amy / December 1, 2015 / Comments Off on White Sierra Zephyr Jacket

Everyone who travels in the winter needs at least one lightweight, packable, isolated jacket for the road. Bonus points if it’s highly affordable. The White Sierra Zephyr jacket meets all this criteria, for only $100. The Zephyr is a men’s jacket that fits both my teens perfectly, but there’s also a boys’ version. I absolutely…

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