Armed with portable speakers, a tent and a Burberry trench, actor Neil Nitin Mukesh makes a case for camping in style
Dona��t write off Neil Nitin Mukesh just yet. Despite a few flops, the actor is back with Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (where he plays Salman Khana��s step brother), and is the brand ambassador of Chennaia��s newest fashion event, the Fashion Premier Week. And when hea��s not working, this 33-year-old loves to travel. a�?Ia��ve loved adventure since childhood, and Ia��m in a profession that takes me places,a�? he says.
A few pointers from him.
Text: Sumitra Nair
a�?I never leave home without a watch,a�? says Mukesh, adding, a�?It can be anything from a Hublot or a Rolex to an iWatch.a�? We like the Hublot Chrono Perpetual Calendar, that is water resistant up to 30 metres and has 72 hours of power reserve. Approximately Rs 50,00,000 at Helvetica
Swiss Watch Boutique. Details: 28464095
Sometimes, a sleeping bag just wona��t do. Thata��s when Mukesh relies on the comfort of his Snow Peak Land Breeze tent (Approximately `22,659). a�?Ia��d also recommend carrying a burner since you can never be sure of the water,a�? Mukesh adds, recommending the titanium Snow Peak stove. Approximately Rs 3,830. Details: snowpeak.com
On the go
Mukesh lists jumping off the ninth floor of a building without a harness (for his film Aa Dekhe Zara) and shooting in the South African wilderness (for Shortcut Romeo) as some of the most exciting things hea��s done. And his constant companion between destinations a�� his Tumi suitcase. We recommend going in for the roomy Tegra suitcase. Approximately Rs 40,000 at the store in UB City, Bengaluru.
Details: 080 41738948
While the actor picks Asics for his regular hikes, anything a little more challenging has him reaching for his The North Face hiking shoes.
a�?They work for any rough terrain a�� from mud trails to rocky mountains,a�? he says. Approximately Rs 15,000. Details: thenorthface.com
a�?A couple of tees, chinos, some nice shorts, a jacket and a nice pair of jeans is all I need to camp,a�? says Mukesh. But it might pay to pack something durable, like this pair from Diesel, that also offers a super comfy fit. Approximately Rs 13,500. Details: 30083576
When outdoors, the right pair of sunglasses can make your day that much more effortless. Mukesh relies on his Tom Fords a�� functional and stylish. Try the retro Dimitry Tortoiseshell sunglasses with grey gradient lens. Approximately Rs 31,000. Details: mrporter.com
Like Mukesh, if you never leave home without your music, we suggest avoiding headphones for prolonged listening. Try this pair of portable Marshall Stanmore speakers instead. Rs 15,000. A�Details: amazon.in
You dona��t need Mukesh to tell you that a good sunscreen is an absolute must on a camping trip. Try the non-greasy, UV-shield Bienfait sunscreen from Lancome, in an SPF 50+. RS 2,532. Details: 011 41677741
In the unpredictable wild, one must always carry essentials. a�?Take food like dried/smoked meat, dry fruits and nuts a�� anything with a long expiry date,a�? says the actor, who also packs blankets or sleeping bags and his trusty Swiss knife. The Victorinox featured here costs Rs 5,310 at Zimson. Details: 43335000
If you have to face the elements, be sure to carry Burberrya��s shower-proof trench. This double-breasted, water-proof coat is handy in any weather condition. And since it comes with a detachable hood, Mukesh says it doubles as a jacket, too. Approximately Rs 1,00,000 at the store in
Express Avenue. Details: 28464135