covid date ideas: Paintball Competition

Do you both have a competitive streak?

This fun and messy activity is a great choice for the active couple. Winner buys dessert, to lessen the sting of defeat.

Preparation:

1. Make a date out of it! Set aside a specific time and place to meet up for the competition. Schedule in some alone time before the contest as well as after, to make sure you both have plenty of time to clean up and change clothes. It’s also a good idea to schedule in another activity, such as dinner or drinks afterwards. This will help keep your energy levels high throughout the day.

2. Purchase your paintballs from an online retailer where you can order different sized packs at competitive prices. Amazon has a great selection, including this 100-count pack of brightly colored .43 cal paintballs that come with 100 markers – just be careful if you have roommates! A cheaper option is a do-it-yourself paintball gun that shoots regular marbles.

3. Pick your battlefield wisely. You’ll want to find a grassy area with lots of wildflowers, which have been known to stain clothing and skin! A backyard is an option, but be careful not to shoot any windows, as those tend to break easily and can seriously ruin your day (and night). If you don’t mind getting wet and dirty, play paintball on the beach where there’s more likely to be mud – though we recommend doing it at low tide for safety reasons. While we’re discussing safety: protective eye goggles are absolutely MANDATORY! Make sure they fit snuggly around your face without hurting or pressing too hard on the bridge of your nose.

4. Wearing a loose fitting cotton shirt and a pair of long running/workout pants is the best way to go – T-shirts with no heavy logos or printing are ideal, as they can be ripped apart by errant paintballs without ruining your outfit. High socks help keep staining from grass and dirt out of your shoes and lower legs. Leave behind nice leather boots, designer jeans, anything that’s super tight (so it won’t rip), brightly colored patterns (so you’re not easily spotted) and anything else that’s expensive and hard to replace.

5. Gather everything together: spare clothing for both of you, some towels and water in case anyone gets thirsty or overheated, your paintballs and markers. Make sure you’re ready to go at least an hour beforehand in case there’s any unforeseen complications (e.g. traffic jams).

6. Once the competition starts, make sure both of you are on roughly even footing by giving each other a handicap if one of you is better with weapons than the other (or vice versa depending on who has more experience).

7. The winner gets to pick where you eat dinner that night! If neither of you want the responsibility, then the decision goes to whoever shoots whom last during combat or whatever else can be agreed upon that will be most fair for both sides in advance. And remember: no cheating!

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Do you both have a competitive streak? This fun and messy activity is a great choice for the active couple. Winner buys dessert, to lessen the sting of defeat.

Preparation: 1. Make a date out of it! Set aside a specific time and place to meet up for the competition. Schedule in some alone time before the contest as well as after, to make sure you both have plenty of time to clean up and change clothes. It’s also a good idea to schedule in another activity, such as dinner or drinks afterwards. This will help keep your energy levels high throughout the day. 2. Purchase your paintballs from an online retailer where you can order different sized packs at competitive prices. Amazon has a great selection, including this 100-count pack of brightly colored .43 cal paintballs that come with 100 markers – just be careful if you have roommates! A cheaper option is a do-it-yourself paintball gun that shoots regular marbles. 3. Pick your battlefield wisely. You’ll want to find a grassy area with lots of wildflowers, which have been known to stain clothing and skin! A backyard is an option, but be careful not to shoot any windows, as those tend to break easily and can seriously ruin your day (and night). If you don’t mind getting wet and dirty, play paintball on the beach where there’s more likely to be mud – though we recommend doing it at low tide for safety reasons. While we’re discussing safety: protective eye goggles are absolutely MANDATORY! Make sure they fit snuggly around your face without hurting or pressing too hard on the bridge of your nose. 4. Wearing a loose fitting cotton shirt and a pair of long running/workout pants is the best way to go – T-shirts with no heavy logos or printing are ideal, as they can be ripped apart by errant paintballs without ruining your outfit. High socks help keep staining from grass and dirt out of your shoes and lower legs. Leave behind nice leather boots, designer jeans, anything that’s super tight (so it won’t rip), brightly colored patterns (so you’re not easily spotted) and anything else that’s expensive and hard to replace. 5. Gather everything together: spare clothing for both of you, some towels and water in case anyone gets thirsty or overheated, your paintballs and markers. Make sure you’re ready to go at least an hour beforehand in case there’s any unforeseen complications (e.g. traffic jams). 6. Once the competition starts, make sure both of you are on roughly even footing by giving each other a handicap if one of you is better with weapons than the other (or vice versa depending on who has more experience).


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