We talk a lot on here (and the official Hustle Paintball YouTube channel) about the best paintball gear that money can buy, and occasionally, we discuss how to maintain the paintball gear you take pride in. That’s all well and good (and clearly, important), but we usually skip one of the most vital steps to getting the most out of our favorite sport: how to properly prepare your paintball gear for traveling.
We all go to our favorite courses all the time, so properly preparing to travel with your gear is essential. Why we haven’t discussed this vital topic until now is beyond me, but luckily, we’ve made a video that details how to prepare your gear for travel the right way. Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out!
One of the most widely asked questions we get here at Hustle Paintball is how to fly with your gear to an event. If you are lucky (and fortunate) enough to have the opportunity to enter a tournament across the country (or world) and compete, that’s fantastic. Yet, you need to know one thing: the TSA couldn’t care less if your gear survives the trip to your destination. They are not interested in ensuring your stuff arrives in great shape. They only care about if people are trying to smuggle illegal items, so the condition of your paintball gear is the furthest thing from their minds.
What can you do? Be proactive! Here are a few ways you can protect your paintball gear for air travel:
- Take the items that would be of ‘interest’ to the TSA and place them on top of your bag during the bag-checking process.
- Marker, Tank, hopper, mask – these sort of items.
- Ensure your tank is empty before boarding an airplane.
- Under no circumstances can you fly with a tank full of air!
- You must also remove the regulator as well. Place it in a bag, and you’re ready to go.
- Can’t take your regulator off? Buy one of our best regulator tools here to easily remove it!
- Place a note on your markers that state each marker is actually a paintball marker and has been degassed.
- Under no circumstances should you state the markers are ‘guns!’
- You’ll be causing a lot more problems than it’s worth.
- Optional: Consider using TSA locks.
- Some swear by these, some don’t – it’s all up to you.
That’s pretty much it: straightforward and actually quite painless. Don’t be suspicious, be patient, and plan ahead: that’s the best way to get through TSA security with your paintball gear in a timely manner!