Hydration is critical when in the field. This is where you'll find all of the accessories that we carry to keep you hydrated while playing airsoft!
In this section you will find hydration packs and related gear. Just as in any sport or outdoor activity or survival, hydration is key. People will often carry water bottles but for those who are more serious about playing you might opt to carry water directly on your person instead. Dehydration is a very serious thing to think about when you are taking on a physical activity. In airsoft you could play on cold days and extremely hot ones as well. As we've seen even in our own local field, just simply keeping hydrated enough can be the difference between having a great day out and having it cut short. Worse is having it cut short from having a medical emergency as a result.
Though pickup games are played in short rounds, longer events like ops could take place over several hours to days. It will be up to you to gauge how much activity that you think you're going to see but you should be drinking water one or two hours before , a little bit before the activities start, and usually right after a round. This will help prevent you from cramping and replace fluids lost when you are sweating.
A general rule of thumb would be to drink 15 to 20 ounces of water two hours before getting out there. Then another 8 to 10 ounces right before game start, and about 8 ounces here and there between every round. Does this all sound familiar? It should! It's very similar to what is recommended for working out and doing other exercises. That's what playing airsoft is, it is just another form of exercise.
Okay, so rather than water bottles, you're probably wondering what's another slick way to carry water on the battlefield. Hydration packs are popular among hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. These are bladders with drinking tubes that you can wear on your body and drink as you go without having to dig for a bulky water bottle out of your gear. Hydration bladders have made their way into military use as well since military personnel can operate in hot climates.
Hydration bladders and packs are not too different from the ones you see hikers use with the exception of having MOLLE loops for additional real estate to mount pouches. The military style hydration carriers can be worn by itself like a backpack or strapped to a MOLLE vest depending on design, and there are certain models that allow you to do both.
The bladders themselves will require some cleaning every now and then so the old water and moisture does not get stale and stink up your bladder. These can be cleaned by mild chemicals, warm water, and rinsing. There are also some cleaning solutions or tablets specifically made to help clean the bladders. If your water is tasting a bit off or have the smell of mildew, it is probably time to clean out the bladder. You will want to rinse and drain and then dry thoroughly.