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Packing List: Saks’s Roopal Patel Shares the Contents of Her Carry-On

For the fashion executive and surfing enthusiast, traveling is about looking—and feeling—good. Swipe through to learn about her travel uniform, in-flight beauty products, and why she always packs a “spiritual kit.”

Patel is the SVP and fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue and juror for the Surface Travel Awards. The deadline for entries is June 15; submit projects here.
“I have a packing strategy, but I'm admittedly an over-packer. Whether I’m on a remote island surfing or in a cosmopolitan city for work, I like to have options. I think it’s important to be presentable no matter where you’re going, so I believe in the art of dressing for travel.”
“I’ve been traveling with red T. Anthony luggage for quite some time. It’s compartmentalized and has my initials, RBP, on it.”
“Versatility is important, so a great pair of jeans is necessary. I really love Amo jeans. I found them in L.A. and bought a few different pairs.”
“I love my Gucci slides with the fur. They’re comfortable and are like a really chic slipper to wear with jeans and a striped top.”
“I definitely have my essential beauty products. Every time I’m leaving, there are certain things that always come with me.”
“From Tata Harper, this beautifying face oil is really amazing on the go.”
SK-II masks are essential post-plane. It’s really important to hydrate your skin, and they’re some of the best out there.”
“I always travel with my Clarisonic brush, too.”
“I have a lot of beauty products, but I’d consider my La Mer cream another essential.”
“Wellness when traveling is very important, and I’m a big believer in making sure that whichever destination I’m in, I find time to continue with my inner wellness as opposed to just my outer wellness, so I bring what I call my spiritual kit.“
“I’m a huge fan of Moon Juice from Amanda Bacon. I travel with her Beauty Dust and Brain Dust.”
“My spiritual kit includes some mini candles, like the ones from Diptyque. I also pack Palo Santo sticks and crystals.”

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