Travel Tips (from the Valley Jet-Set)

Bringing the right stuff on a trip can be a vacation maker or breaker. Forgot the Chapstick on the flight? Yow-za! Didn’t remember running shoes? Big bummer. So you can make the most of your downtime, we asked some notable Valley-ites for their fave travel tips.

Angie Everhart, actress

Always in my suitcase: “I love to travel with colored scarves. Hotel room lighting can be horrible, so I decorate the lamps with silk scarves, and voila! A romantic getaway!”

Todd Croutch, attorney, Fonda & Fraser LLP

Favorite jet-lag remedy: “I drink a lot of water on the flights and stay away from alcohol. Twenty years ago it was a different story …”

Karen Young, publisher & editor,

The perfect souvenir: “I look for something that has to do with a culture–craft, artwork, jewelry or a boxed or jarred food item. Most often, souvenirs are the photographs I take.”

Dion Neutra, architect

Favorite jet-lag remedy: “I use Melatonin. It’s great for those nights when you know you’re going to have a tough time getting to sleep.”

Judy Tenuta, comedienne

Always in my suitcase: “My squeezebox blessed by the Pope, boas and sequin-studded platforms for dancing.”

Tiffany Bowne, Private Concierge & Travel Specialist

Always in my carry-on: Immulox Spray by ChildLife and EmergenC to boost my immune system for the flight. Toothbrush, hand cream, hair band, Khiel’s lip balm, extra pair of socks and a cashmere sweater for long flights.

Tina Malavé Kerbouz, host of ABC7’s Eye on LA

Best packing tip: “Tightly roll each item of clothing and then stack the rolls. I toured with Sesame Street Live in my early 20s and lived out of suitcases. You’d be amazed at how much you can squeeze into a suitcase with rolling. Be careful not to over-pack and check on airline weight limit.”

Bronwyn Ralph, author, Off the Beaten Path, A Guide to Exploring the San Fernando Valley

While on vacation, I’m always searching for: “Something only locals know about. I usually ask waiters or shopkeepers for recommendations. One of the best finds I discovered while on A recent trip to St. Maarten was a restaurant called Saveurs de France—a local hangout with great food and a fun atmosphere.”