In addition to your airsoft guns, both primary and secondary weapons and tactical gear, there are a few other essentials you always need to bring to an airsoft game to ensure you will be playing the best you can and have a good time with your fellow airsoft players.
As airsoft is a sport which prides itself on realism and authenticity, preparing for a game should be part of this. Getting ready for a skirmish requires strategy and good memory so you can be sure you won’t be leaving anything behind, from the obvious airsoft guns to the much-needed eye protection! If you often find you forget one or two items each time, we have put together a checklist to help you out!
Though you will usually only need your primary and secondary guns, having a backup is always a good idea, even if it is left in the car and unused. A backup comes in handy if there is nowhere to rent spares at the site or if yours or another player’s gun is not working. The night before, check the weapons are working and give them a clean too, so they are ready for the day ahead.
Bringing extra BBs is a bit of a given, but you might be surprised at how quickly you run out of them. Take spares, as even if you don’t use them all, someone else may have need of them. Along with extra BBs, you will also need to bring some gas and additional CO2 capsules if you use a CO2 or GBB pistol, and extra batteries if you have an electric pistol or rifle. You won’t want to run out of power in the middle of a game.
Airsoft is physically demanding, and you will need food and drink to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Be sure to pack plenty of water, as well as a good-sized lunch and snacks and don’t forget a decent breakfast before you go. Energy drinks and high sugar snacks can help in the short term, but can do more harm than good if you’re out for a long stretch! Alternatively, the airsoft site you are playing at may have a café or food outlet, so have some money with you to buy yourself lunch and snacks throughout the day.
Though probably a non-essential for many, once you start bringing a towel with you to airsoft games you’ll find it useful for drying off at the end of the day. A change of clothes can also be a useful addition if you have places you need to be after a game or just don’t fancy driving home in muddy and sweaty airsoft gear.
Having a mini tool kit with you during a game gives you means for quick fixes if something goes wrong on the field. Items you may want to include in a tool kit are electrical tape, duct tape, screwdriver, cleaning rod, zip-ties, adjustment keys and a multitool. You may also want to add a few first aid items into the tool kit, such as bandages, sun cream and insect repellent.
Even if you have invested some time and money into getting yourself some quality eye and face protection for your airsoft games, having a spare set of goggles is useful, should something happen to your main pair during a game. You don’t want to be without eye protection during a game, as anything could happen.
For outdoor airsoft sites, a good pair of boots goes a long way. Keeping your feet warm, dry and comfortable throughout the day can make the whole experience more enjoyable. Boots with good grip are essential and can be overlooked for trainers which can’t take the wear and tear required. Get yourself a good pair of boots, and they will last you years.
Do you have any other essential items you have to have for a game? Let us know over on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll add them in and in the meantime, take a look at our previous blog posts such as tips on improving your hand-eye coordination and guides to airsoft brands.