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.

Gregory Juno backpack for day hikes in the outdoors

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GSI Outdoors Escape Pot and Frypan for off the grid escape


Gregory Paragon men’s backpack

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Ultralight backpacking options from Therm-a-Rest


Sleeping pads geared toward car camping comfort


Road trip and camping essential: LifeSaver Jerrycan


Ski-ready travel: Julbo Cyrius goggles

Title Nine Dream Dress

Title Nine Dream Dress

Chill Angel

Chill Angel Merino wool for your Valentine

KEEN Explore

KEEN and Astral shoes ready for trail and travel

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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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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