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.
Bindle Bottle

Bindle Bottle summer solution

Sea to summit sleep system

Sea to Summit comfort sleep system for the summer

Jade 53

Gear up for backpacking season with the Gregory Jade 53

Tansy dress

Aventura Clothing travel wear for spring

Toad & Co

Toad & Co travel wear for spring

Rumpl puffy

Rumpl printed down puffy blanket for spring

Nomad leather watch strap

Nomad Apple Watch straps for travel and home

Get ready for spring break travel with IceMule

Get ready for spring break travel with IceMule

Katadyn Gravity BeFree 3.0 L filter

Katadyn Gravity BeFree 3.0 L filter


Six Moon Designs travel pouch

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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Travel accessory you need: Royal Robbins Highlands Travel Scarf

By Amy / November 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

Sometimes I come across a travel accessory that’s so much fun, and so useful, it becomes my go-to holiday gift for fellow travelers. Such is the case with the new Royal Robbins Highlands Travel Scarf. Why? This beautiful yet simple scarf can be worn multiple ways, for multiple uses. It needs to be in everyone’s carry-on…

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Vaya Life bento systems for on-the-go

By Amy / November 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

The Vaya Tyffyn bento system is, without doubt, my new favorite bento box configuration. Yes, it’s a bit heavy, but you get 33.5 ounces of space, stacked in the following manner: 2 Inner containers (10.1 fl.oz capacity), each with partition and lid (oval shaped) 1 Inner containers (12 fl.oz capacity), (each) with partition and lid (oval…

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Fall picks for men from Ećoths

By Amy / November 6, 2018 / 0 Comments

If you have an outdoorsy, travel-ready, adventure-seeking guy in your life (or are one yourself), if you don’t yet know about Ećoths, you’re missing out. This men’s line from Aventura Clothing focuses on comfortable, practical clothing, most of which is organic cotton and soft as butter. I know guys who don’t care one iota what…

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Lightweight backpacking with Big Agnes Fly Creek HV

By Amy / October 30, 2018 / 0 Comments

For consistent quality and a solid investment, I’ve long been a fan of Big Agnes tents. The Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2 person is in their award-winning Fly Creek line, redesigned this year. Each of their Fly Creek tents now feature steeper wall architecture and a vertical door, so you get more head space and don’t…

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Favorite Aventura Clothing travel picks for fall

By Amy / October 23, 2018 / 0 Comments

My favorite travel-ready women’s clothing line, Aventura Clothing, has one of my favorite fall/winter lines to date. Why? More and more organic cotton, always oh-so cozy and never wrinkling in my carry-on, and styles that look as good as they feel. You can read many more Aventura Clothing reviews from me here, and then read…

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Costa sunglasses for year-round polarizing protection

By Amy / October 16, 2018 / 0 Comments

If you travel and spend a good amount of time in the outdoors, you know the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun. Costa has long been among my favorite sunglass makers, so I tried out their Sarasota sunnies from their Del Mar collection. What caught my eye (pun intended): the frames! The ‘shiny seafoam…

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Granite Gear Higgins backpack for school and travel

By Amy / October 10, 2018 / 0 Comments

We’re well into back-to-school season for those of us getting degrees or raising kids here in North America. This fall, we tested out Granite Gear’s Higgins backpack, in their Campus line of lifestyle packs. The Higgins instantly appealed to my teen sons, who promptly fought over who got to use this retro, knapsack-style pack at…

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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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