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.

Six Moon Designs travel pouch

Conner hats for winter and spring travel

Conner hats for winter and spring travel

Gregory Proxy travel backpack

Gregory Proxy travel backpack

Big Agnes Big Joe Duffel for multi-purpose packing

Big Agnes Big Joe Duffel for multi-purpose packing

Garmont Tikal shoes for travel

Garmont Tikal shoes for travel

Rumpl Helinox chair

Perfect for winter in the outdoors: Rumpl Ground Cover and Helinox Chair

OOFOS boot

OOFOS comfort for travel and outdoor adventure

High Sierra

Sierra Designs outdoor gear for the new year

Cue wrap dress

Toad & Co casual holiday comfort

Vargo BOT

Stocking stuffers for the outdoors-lover: Vargo BOT 700 and funnel flask

Sunski sunglasses for all seasons

By Amy / October 2, 2018 / 0 Comments

I’ve long been a fan of Sunski sunglasses, and now, they’re making some of their hottest styles out of recycled frames. Yay! And all Sunskis feature polarized lenses, so I know that my eyes are getting serious protection even while I look good. I recently tried out the Sunski Chalet style in grey sky, which…

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Boulder Denim jeans for comfortable travel

By Amy / September 25, 2018 / 0 Comments

Boulder Denim is not your standard fashion jean, though they’re certainly still fashionable. Instead, this denim company inspired by the rock climbing community in Colorado makes jeans that are stretchy, ready to move with your body during a host of activities, and still maintain their shape and form day after day. In other words, they’re…

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Lifestraw Universal to the rescue

By Amy / September 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

Lifestraw’s mission is simple: they make contaminated water safe to drink. I’m sure you’ve heard of them, and if you travel frequently to countries without potable water readily available or spend ample time in the backcountry, you have probably used their products. We’ve been using Lifestraws for several years, but never had we needed one…

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Oboz Campster for fall travel

By Amy / September 11, 2018 / 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I review the Oboz Selway Flip, which I deemed the perfect beach/lake/summer shoe for casual travel. I’m back with my pick for fall, if you’re packing a bag to go anywhere warm, or have need of a water shoe that’s also just about light as air. Enter the Oboz Campster, which,…

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MSR DynaLock Explore trekking poles

By Amy / September 4, 2018 / 0 Comments

MSR’s newest line of trekking poles, DynaLock, have something for every outdoor enthusiast. The Ascent, the lightest and most technical in the line, is ideal for hardcore explorers and mountaineers, and the Trail is the bare bones model (though that said, it still has everything your everyday hiker or snowshoer might need). Right in the…

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Conner Hats Mt. Warning Wool Boho for travel days

By Amy / August 28, 2018 / 0 Comments

I love hats. Some people in my house may even go so far as to say I own too many of them. But the thing is, a good hat can make an outfit. And it can certainly improve upon the worst of bad hair days. So traveling with a hat or two just makes sense…

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Oboz Selway Flip for summer travel

By Amy / August 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

Oboz Footwear is known for crafting quality hiking shoes. I’ve tested quite a few pairs in the past, in fact, serving as one of Oboz’ ambassadors for several years. In the process, I felt I got to know the brand pretty well; what they excelled at (making seriously rugged hiking shoes and boots) and what…

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Rumpl Shammy Towel for travel and the outdoors

By Amy / August 14, 2018 / 0 Comments

Our Rumpl Puffy Sherpa Blanket is our constant companion in winter, and our original down Rumpl is always packed in our car for summer picnics, BBQs, days at the lake, and camping trips, so when I learned that Rumpl is now in the travel towel game, I was automatically in. The Rumpl Shammy Towel collection includes…

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Nau Randygoat Tights for travel days

By Amy / August 7, 2018 / 0 Comments

I’m all about wearing tights on travel days! No constrictive waistbands on a plane for me. That said, we can all do better than yoga pants or sweat pants when we travel, ladies. What I love about my favorite pairs of tights is that they can bring my outfit together and enable me to look semi-pulled together,…

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Eagle Creek Wayfinder collection offers travel flexibility

By Amy / July 31, 2018 / 0 Comments

Eagle Creek’s new Wayfinder collection includes a variety of travel backpack sizes, from a mini day pack to a 20-liter, 30-liter or 40-liter day pack option, plus two sizes of waist packs and a crossbody bag. The variety and versatility is what I love most about this line: whether you’re outfitting yourself for a multi-week world…

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