This Instructable will show you how to pack your paintball gear and fly with it safely on any major carrier.
Planet Eclipse Etek 3
Vforce Grillz Mask
Planet Eclipse Paintball Pants
Planet Eclipse Paintball Pack
Planet Eclipse Elbow Pads
Planet Eclipse Knee Pads
Planet Eclipse Slider Shorts
Planet Eclipse Gauntlet Gloves
Paintball Compressed Air Tank
Paintball Head Wraps
Bar towels to wipe things down with
Casual or Personal Items
Cargo Pants with zip off legs
2x spare socks
2x spare underoos
Planet Eclipse T-Shirt
Planet Eclipse Board Shorts
Planet Eclipse Polo Shirt
Toiletry Bag (you know what you need better than I do)
Q: Wait why no paintball pods?
A: I play on a scenario paintball team, our paintball pods are all bought in bulk and brought to events with all of the other "Team Gear". If you need to bring pods put them in your pack and then fill them with small items like your socks, underwear, and tools.
Paintball guns (or paintball markers depending on your level of politically correctness) are not considered firearms by the TSA. Because of this you can pack them loose in your bag but I would highly recommend that you pack them in a case inside of your main gear bag. This will help protect it from both theft and damage. The TSA has a special web page for flying with paintball equipment and I like to print out a copy of it to throw in my case. You cannot guarantee that a TSA agent will open your bag and understand what the contents are. You can find the TSA Website here: TSA Paintball Equipment
If I know the weather is going to be nice I will also throw a pair of sandals in on top for casual wear.... or even to wear while playing if the weather is REALLY hot out.
These items get rolled up and put into 1 gallon zip lock bags. The bags are then compressed and sealed. This helps the clothes stay clean, take up less space, and helps seal the flavor in.
DO NOT REMOVE THE REGULATOR IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
After the regulator is removed I put it in the small compartment nestled between the mask and outer wall of the bag. I try to keep it near the top because it will help the TSA agents find it quickly and verify that it is empty. Tanks can be brought in your carry-on bag but they still need to have the regulator removed. If you are trying to shave off a couple of pounds from your checked bag then putting it in your carry on is an option. You can find more information from the TSA here: TSA Traveling with Compress Gas Cylinders
If you are traveling internationally also note that there are different compressed cylinder regulations. In the US the DOT regulates compressed air cylinders. Most tanks in the US will have either a label with DOT-E or DOT-SP 14003 along with serial numbers, capacity and hydro test date. For Canada tanks are regulated by Transport Canada and have TC on the label or possibly DOT/TC meaning the tank can be used in both the US and Canada. For the EU or UK you will see markings on a tank with HSE-AL-FW, HSE-AL-FW1, BS EN 1802:2002. Your tank must match the regulations for the country you are in or you risk being stuck abroad with no way to fill your tank.
Anything that can be crushed should find its way into a hard case. For example, the case that the Planet Eclipse Shaft Barrel kits come in is the exact size to hold three cigars, a cigar cutter, and a lighter. I can only assume that this is intentional.
I put a carabiner around all of the straps, this makes them stronger for lifting the bag and stops any loose ends from getting caught in the conveyor belts while going through xray or on to the plane. Also it is a quick visual if your bag has been searched by TSA because they never put the straps back in the carabiner.
You should also put a name tag on your bag, put several of them with all of your contact information even. Lost luggage is never fun and when you need your gear to play they cannot get it to you if they cannot find you.
All domestic flights have a weight limit of 50lbs per bag or you can expect to pay an over weight fee. Most international flights do not charge extra for the first checked bag while only a few domestic carriers have free checked bags. Some international flights also allow up to a 70lb bag to fly for free. This is heavily dependent on your carrier so you should check their website for the most up to date weight restrictions and fee schedule.
An easy method to weigh your bag is to stand on a scale and figure out your weight. Then lift the bag and subtract your weight from that number. This bag weighs 45lbs fully loaded.
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