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.
The Last Bag

Summer bag pick: eqpd Last Bag

Gear Warrior travel pack

International travel’s a breeze with Eagle Creek Gear Warrior travel pack

floating sunglasses

Rheos floating sunglasses for on-the-water days

LOWA boots

LOWA Mauria GTX hiking boot for women

Zenbivy sleep system

Zenbivy Light Bed for summer camping comfort

women's flo

Stohlquist Women’s Flo life jacket for summer fun

LOWA San Diego

Lifestyle pieces for travel days: LOWA San Diego GTX and Art 4 All trucker hat

Six Moon Designs

International travel solution: Six Moon Designs Traveler pack

Bindle Bottle

Bindle Bottle summer solution

Sea to summit sleep system

Sea to Summit comfort sleep system for the summer

Big Agnes Big Joe Duffel for multi-purpose packing

By Amy / January 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

I’ve found the workhorse of all duffels! The Big Agnes Big Joe has become my go-to bag for all things messy, rugged, outdoorsy and practical. This tarmac waterproof bag can withstand anything! The Big Joe comes in three sizes (45L, 80L, and 110L), with multiple strap options to allow you to heft it to your…

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Garmont Tikal shoes for travel

By Amy / January 22, 2019 / 0 Comments

Garmont has been making rugged and tough hiking and mountaineering shoes for decades, but if you haven’t discovered their lifestyle line, called their ‘travel’ line, you are in for a treat! Seriously, my Garmont Tikal shoes have gone on every active trip I’ve taken since I got them! Here’s why: The Tikal is lightweight and comfortable,…

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

By Amy / January 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

Anyone who reads this site already knows I love Rumpl blankets…I use them for everything from camping trips to soccer games to emergency storage in the back of the car for road trips. I love how they pack down small and are such a breeze to clean. Rumpl has a few new offerings, however, that…

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OOFOS comfort for travel and outdoor adventure

By Amy / January 8, 2019 / 0 Comments

I’ve been a fan of OOFOS recovery footwear ever since I slipped on my first pair in the middle of a walk-intensive travel conference. I have continued to wear OOFOS shoes, flip-flops and boots ever since, in my campsites, on the river, and after ski days. Here’s my favorite of what’s new, for women and…

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Sierra Designs outdoor gear for the new year

By Amy / January 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Happy New Year! Yes, it’s still cold and possibly snowy outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be thinking ahead to camping season. Or perhaps you have an adventure trip on the horizon, or an occasion to bring a lightweight, down sleeping bag on an eco-trip. We have you covered. Or rather, Sierra Designs does.…

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Toad & Co casual holiday comfort

By Amy / December 25, 2018 / 0 Comments

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! Today is a good day to talk about two pieces from one of my favorite travel and lifestyle clothing brands, Toad & Co. I love Toad & Co’s take on casual elegance, and these two pieces are perfect for winter days when you want to look nice but also…

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

By Amy / December 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

Still looking for that perfect stocking stuffer for the outdoors lover in your life? We’ve got two today, from Vargo, who certainly knows the outdoors. This brand has emerged lately to my awareness, and I love its take on standard backpacking and camping gear, which focuses on making things lighter, more useful, and sleeker. The Titanium BOT…

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Pamper with the Chill Angel Sleepover Nightshirt

By Amy / December 11, 2018 / 0 Comments

If you haven’t heard of them, Chill Angel is a brand of Merino wool nightclothes that are my go-to for travel and the outdoors. Why? The 100 percent wool wicks away sweat for a more comfortable night’s sleep in varied temperatures (you know how it is in hotel rooms…either freezing or hot!) and it never…

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LOWA men’s shoes perfect for fall and winter travel

By Amy / December 4, 2018 / 0 Comments

I am not shy in proclaiming my love of LOWA shoes for everything from backpacking to traveling. I have worn LOWAs for most of my travel needs for the last five years, and have not looked back. My current favorite pair (the Aerox…see below!) have gone with me on women’s trekking trips in the Sierra…

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Patagonia Woolyester jacket for the fall travel season

By Amy / November 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! There is so much to love about this classic-styled, streamlined, simple-in-all-the-best-ways Patagonia jacket! The Woolyster comes in options for both men and women and is ideal for those shoulder season trips in spring and fall when you’re not quite sure what the weather will do. The heritage design will make…

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