For a good majority of the airsoft collective, MILSIM (short for Military Simulation) is the holy grail of airsoft experience. This is what you spend every weekend skirmish at your local field building up to! This is why you spend all your hard earned dollars on fancy new gear and airsoft guns! We all know what you’ll need to hit the field, but what about some other essentials? Let’s take a look and see what else you’re going to need.
This list isn’t all inclusive, but click the “read more” link, to see what we think are MILSIM essentials:
1. Camping supplies
This may not apply to every MILSIM event, as some games are definitely more immersive than other, but if you plan on camping, you may need to consider some basic supplies like:
All of these things seem pretty obvious, but I can’t even begin to recount the number of times I’ve seen ill equipped players at even the more casual multi-day MILSIM games where they’ve shown up with poorly maintained or otherwise non existent equipment from these categories.
Tents are a no brainer, as you’ll need some shelter to sleep between days, and the quality of your experience will definitely tie into how nice of a tent you bring. Make sure you spend the time before the game learning how to put up your tent and take it back down, you’ll appreciate not being under any sort of game day pressure to get ready for the event while you go through that learning process.
Lanterns, Fire starters and Sleeping bags go hand in hand with the tent. This is all relative to the environment where your events takes place but are none the less important to consider. In this case, make sure you have enough fuel for your lantern, whether it’s gas or battery powered and that you are allowed to start an open fire if you opt to go that route.
Lastly, food is an often overlooked aspect of multi-day games. We don’t just mean packing snacks for eating on the field like a protein bar or some beef jerky, but stocking up on actual meals you can eat in between segments or during downtime. This can take many forms, from canned goods to Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MRE) that you can rehydrate and heat up over a small camp stove (another good option to consider bringing with you). You’ll expend a ton of energy and calories playing over the course of your MILSIM event, and you’ll want to replenish that energy at some point. Don’t forget to bring a little extra over what you expect you’ll need. You never know when you can be the ultimate airsoft friend and help out the new guy who was unprepared, and it’s a great way to make friends.
2. Weather appropriate items
You’ve spent a ton of money on making sure your vest and your gun are in tip top shape to perform during this event, but what do you do if it rains? Are you prepared to go at it soaking wet from the rain and risk the accompanying health issues that brings? Consider packing a few items to alleviate this, so that you can stay comfortable even in the worst conditions.
We recommend some simple choices, such as a poncho or a soft shell jacket (keep your uniform requirements in mind for your event as well) to keep the rain off. Your gear can take the abuse, but nobody wants to spend the day cold and wet if you don’t have to.
This applies to other weather conditions as well. If your area is traditionally very warm, pack the appropriate necessities such as sunscreen and shorter sleeve clothing options. Consider ways to lighten your loadout to reduce the physical strain on your body. Likewise, if the area is going to be very cold and windy, thermal insulating layers are an excellent choice of option to keep your extremities warm. Keep these weather considerations in mind as you build your list.
3. Back-Up items
As the saying goes, two is one, and one is none. You can never have enough magazines, ammunition or power sources for your airsoft gun. The same applies to your airsoft gun. The last thing you want to have is for your gun to break mid game and be left with no options to play. Consider your list of things you are bringing, and if you have a mission critical item to being able to play, such as boots, socks, your airsoft gun or vest, bring a back up option. This could be something pertinent to inclement weather like we discussed above, or a separate option incase you have some kind of gear failure. Murphy and the law named after him love to lurk in the corners of airsoft events, and you don’t want to be left hanging.
4. Check your requirements
All of the above advice is conditional upon what games you are playing. As we mentioned before, some games are more immersive than others (think Milsim West games for example) and can have additional or more stringent requirements on the items you bring. You may even be required to carry all of this into the field and will need to keep portability in mind. Check the kit lists provided by an event promoter and see if you meet the requirements. Test your gear out before hand, and make sure you can make it all work for your needs. We cannot stress this enough. Test out your kit before hand and make sure it’s all going to function together.
Hopefully, this quick bit of insight helps to get you ready for your first MILSIM game or alleviate problems you’ve had in the past. This is by no means a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know for MILSIM, but it’s a start. Go forth and sling plastic all you MILSIM padawans, and remember to call your hits!
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