Step 3: Necessary Gear (Regardless of Position)
I live in Florida. It gets really hot, but I wear full-finger gloves for three reasons:
1. So I don't cut myself on anything
2. The mosquitoes here suck (I guess that's a given)
3. So I don't have any bb-shaped wounds.
Some people don't like full-finger gloves because it restricts movement a little bit or it's uncomfortable or some other reason. My advice is to buy full finger gloves and worse comes to worse, cut the fingers off of them if you don't like them.
Battle Dress Uniform. My BDU has a pattern on it called "x-camo" (seen in the below image). The best way to describe it is "A digital Multicam" it's also MUCH cheaper. I used to run with MARPAT or woodland camo, but I just don't have any real "woods" where I play. It's all about environment, though I'd argue that it'll work in almost any environment you wear it in.
BDU's are not 100% necessary though. A very skilled friend of mine runs with a tan t-shirt and off-white pants. He's always one of the last ones to get out (in a losing game).
Honestly, the best thing you can do is go to places where legitimate teams (or huge groups of airsoft players) play and see which of them are hardest to pick out in battle. Ask them what camo scheme they're running and go buy it.
Eye Protection is a given, but most fields require a full seal around the eyes or just a paintball mask. I wear AIM Top brand goggles (full seal).
I wear a neoprene face mask because it absorbs all my sweat and camouflages my face. Granted it's not a necessity, but it's definitely something to consider. The only downside is that some masks don't have enough/big enough breathing holes. A hobby knife will take care of that pretty nicely.
-Boots/high top shoes
If you play in the muddy waters of Louisiana you need boots. If you play in mud you need boots. If you play on the side of mountains you need boots.
If you play CQB you don't need boots, but then again you're probably not reading this instructable since it has a field focus.
Not as important when you're doing smaller games, but when you play capture the flag with 10 people it's a very good idea to have a means of communication. I use some cheap Motorola radios with a Firefox Throat mic.
-Hats and Helmets
Not completely necessary, but a good option. I have a helmet because I don't like getting shot in the head and I always end up running into a tree (don't ask). Unfortunately I do not have a camo helmet cover so it'll sometimes give away my position. On the other hand, I have a MARPAT boonie (hat) that works pretty good at camouflaging me and also providing some extra shade from the sun.
I run with knee pads because I'm often ducking and kneeling. Rocks are in abundance where I play so I bought knee pads. Knee pads are great and they can be fairly inexpensive, especially if you already have a pair from another sport.
Reusable water bottle clipped onto your chest rig with a carabiner, hydration pouch on your back, however you do it make sure that you have it.