There’s a bunch of paintball gear out there, but most of it you don’t really need. However, here are some essentials that can make your paintball experience a whole lot better.

1. Ball Hauler:
When I started playing paintball, I didn’t have this amazing gadget, the ball hauler. Before, I used to struggle opening bags with my teeth and then stuff pods inside, spilling paint everywhere. The ball hauler is a game-changer. It holds two bags, reduces paint spillage, and keeps your paintballs fresh for weeks. No more tape and mess!

HK Army Reload Ball Hauler (Light Smoke)
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HK Army Reload Ball Hauler (Light Smoke)
  • Holds up to 1000 Paintballs
  • Easy Access Loading Spout w/ Lock Lid
  • Large Pouring Spout w/ Lock Lid
  • Five Volume Level Marks
  • Included Ball Sizer (8 Different bore sizes)

2. Pod Swab:
Cleaning pods without a pod swab is a hassle. People used to shove barrel swabs or microfibers inside, but it’s not efficient. A pod swab is designed for this task. It quickly cleans your pods, and you can easily wash it afterward. A must-have for any paintballer.

Exalt Paintball Pod Swab/Squeegee - Lime
202 Reviews
Exalt Paintball Pod Swab/Squeegee - Lime
  • The best, most durable pod cleaner ever made for paintball
  • Replaceable synthetic microfiber "sleeve" cleans interior of any pod with hundreds of microfiber fingers
  • Sleeve can be removed for cleaning (or replaced), and is fastened to a reinforced polymer shaft that runs the entire length of the swab for maximum strength and rigidity.
  • Each swab has an integrated polymer loop and includes a laser-engraved carabiner to hang in the pits or off your bag for carrying.

3. Tool Kit:
A simple tool kit can save your day at the field. You’ll always need Allen wrenches, so invest in good quality ones like Bondhus Allen wrenches. High-quality tools are more precise and durable. And don’t forget those spare O-rings and some grease or oil. Different guns require different lubes, so be prepared.

4. Barrel Swab:
Even though paint and guns have improved, paintballs can still break. A barrel swab is the best way to clean your barrel quickly. The Exalt Barrel Maid is a fantastic choice with its dual cleaning abilities.

Exalt Paintball Barrel Maid...
2,340 Reviews
Exalt Paintball Barrel Maid...
  • Best Barrel Swab on the market
  • Barrel Buffer ? Won?t unravel, easy to wash, cleans like a champ
  • Molded Shaft ? Not built on a twig, this beast of squeegee is forged out of tough & flexible plastic
  • Rocket Disk ? Something you?ve never seen before; All-weather seal retracts during insertion to prevent paint going up your barrel, then expands as you pull back to remove everything in it?s way

5. Marker Cases:
Keep your gear organized with marker cases. Exalt and HK Army make excellent cases for your markers, barrels, and masks. They protect your expensive gear and help you stay organized.

Exalt Paintball Carbon Series Marker...
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Exalt Paintball Carbon Series Marker...
  • Padded, water resistant exterior prevents incidental damage to your marker in storage
  • Microfiber interior absorbs any residual moisture and prevents scratches
  • Fold-flat construction allows use of bag as a work surface to keep oil and paint from making a mess

6. Goggle Case:
Protect your mask with a goggle case, especially if you have an expensive lens. Exalt goggle cases are great for this. They prevent damage and keep your lens clean.

Exalt Paintball Goggle Case - All...
424 Reviews
Exalt Paintball Goggle Case - All...
  • NEW Alloy STEEL Internal Support Frame prevents crushing / deformation
  • NEW Reinforced Carry Handle
  • REDESIGNED larger size fits / protects i5 and EVS goggles
  • Larger storage pocket accommodates larger phones

7. Tank Accessories:
Don’t forget to protect your air tank. A thread protector keeps your tank’s threads in good condition, preventing cross-threading. A fill nipple cover stops dirt from getting into your regulator, ensuring it functions properly.

HK Army New Thread Protector (Purple)
380 Reviews
HK Army New Thread Protector (Purple)
  • Machined aluminum cover
  • Screws onto top of tank regulator
  • Lasered HK Army Icon Logo
  • Fits all paintball air system regulators
  • Includes two spare tank o-rings
HK Army Fill Nipple Cover (Green)
416 Reviews
HK Army Fill Nipple Cover (Green)
  • Fits all one way valves / fill nipples on air system regulators
  • Machined aluminum cover
  • Easily pushed on and off fill nipple

8. Microfibers and Spray Bottle:
Microfibers are cheap and handy for cleaning masks, guns, and more. Make cleaning easier with a spray bottle filled with water. It gets into crevices and makes cleaning a breeze.

USANOOKS Microfiber Cleaning Cloth Grey...
7,180 Reviews
USANOOKS Microfiber Cleaning Cloth Grey...

• 10 Pack Microfibers
• 4X’s MORE ABSORBENT than COTTON cloths
Worldgsb Glass Spray Bottles, 16oz...
4,293 Reviews
Worldgsb Glass Spray Bottles, 16oz...

• Spray Nozzles: The adjustable nozzle allows 3 spray settings
• Standard Size: The 16oz glass bottle is a great design, fits you hands and don’t need to fill it frequently.

Having the right gear can enhance your paintball experience. These essentials will keep your equipment in top shape, save you time, and make your day on the field more enjoyable. Check the description for links to these items. Have a great time playing paintball!


Yo! My name is Brad Johnson, I'm the author/creator/owner/janitor of Paintball Ruined My Life. I worked in the paintball industry for over 16 years, before starting this website and my YouTube channel.