Amy

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.
GCI Outdoors Pod Rocker

GCI Outdoor Pod Rocker chair for camping comfort

Big Agnes tarp

Big Agnes Deep Creek tarp for winter camping comfort

Snowfeet

Snowfeet mini skis for at-home snow fun

Tom's paxton

Tom’s Paxton slip-on shoe for comfy winter travel

Bose sleepbuds

Bose Sleepbuds II for every day and away

Owala freesip

Owala water bottle for easy hydration

Rapid Rope

Perfect stocking stuffer for campers: Rapid Rope review

Wild Tribute t-shirt

Wild Tribute: the perfect gift for the national park lover on your list

Branwyn essential innerwear

Branwyn ‘innerwear’ for cozy days

Eggtronic power bank

Eggtronic laptop power bank for your next adventure

Xero Melbourne for home or travel

By Amy / September 1, 2020 /

As we turn toward autumn, it’s time for me to spotlight a shoe that will transition with you beautifully from outdoor adventure to urban lifestyle and, in my son’s case, college campus. A long-time fan of Xero hiking shoes, he has been happily testing the new Xero Melbourne, which features the same minimalist features he…

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Luci lights for summer ambiance and practicality

By Amy / August 25, 2020 /

Want to add ambiance and cheer to your campsite game, and provide needed illumination at the same time? AND not burn through batteries? We’ve loved Luci lights for a long time, and they only get more practical and versatile. This summer, I’ve been checking out the new Luci Solar String Lights, which are $45 for…

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GCI Outdoor cook station for your next camping adventure

By Amy / August 18, 2020 /

In order to find safe travel options, I’ve been doing a lot of camping and road tripping, mostly in a Westfalia camper van. Not to brag, but I think we’ve finally got our outdoor kitchen setup dialed, pairing a few older camp tables with the GCI Outdoor Slim-Fold Cook Station. The beauty of this product…

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Royal Robbins Hemp line for comfort and style

By Amy / August 11, 2020 /

I’ve been traveling in Royal Robbins for years, and I’m so glad they’ve jumped onboard the hemp clothing trend. Sustainable and comfortable, hemp material doesn’t wrinkle, feels so soft to the touch, and can take a beating. Right now, we’re only road tripping and camping, and Royal Robbins has been along for the ride. I’ve…

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Tarpestry tarps for your next camping or road trip

By Amy / August 4, 2020 /

Tarp + tapestry = Tarpestry! This creative company is making multi-use tarps that are pretty enough to be displayed. Perfect for camping trips, #vanlife, road tripping, and at-home use, these beautiful tarps are rugged and serve multiple purposes. I’ve used mine as a water-resistant picnic blanket, as a tablecloth at the campground, as a sunshade,…

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Ignik gas growler to live your best #vanlife!

By Amy / July 28, 2020 /

Road tripping, camping, and camper van life are all having quite the moment right now. Those of us who love the outdoors and exploration are turning to self-sustained travel options in which we have the ability to make our own meals and sleep in our own beds, whether those beds are sleeping bags or RV…

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Masks made for outdoor adventure

By Amy / July 21, 2020 /

This month, I’ve been testing masks made by two companies based in my corner of Oregon. Both are designed with exercise and outdoor adventure in mind. Neither are N95, and both are designed for the general public, for the purpose of protecting the wearer and those they encounter on the trail, at the campsite, and…

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Therm-a-rest Vela quilt for cozier travels

By Amy / July 14, 2020 /

‘Tis the season for road trips, car camping, and local escapes! If your travels will have you cuddling up with a partner or family member, Therm-a-rest’s Vela double quilt needs to be packed in your car, camper, or tent! This extremely packable and lightweight double-sized quilt is the perfect addition to the campfire, backseat of…

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Kelty Late Start 2 tent for local getaways

By Amy / July 7, 2020 /

Most of us are exploring locally this summer, which can mean late starts on the trail or to the campground if you’re breaking away after work. Whether you’re escaping the daily grind by working remotely at your local campground or enjoying a quick weekend backpacking trip, the Kelty Late Start 2 tent helps you get…

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GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Steel Base Camper cookset

By Amy / June 30, 2020 /

We review a lot of GSI Outdoor gear here, and for good reason. This outdoor camping gear brand finds that sweet spot of high value and high quality, and as a result, nearly my entire camp kitchen now consists of GSI. Recently, I realized that the GSI Outdoors Selkirk camp stove, which I reviewed last…

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