I usually go "hardcore" mode on my first game of the day... As I have so many things on my mind from running the event, that my own gear is usually the last thing I think of...
I've gone out with NO pads, or gloves, or neckpad, only my mask on, and NO paint, or only a handful of paint from chronoing... (forgot my pods AND to fill my hopper) And realized it when I was halfway across the field in the first game... And I ran out of paint... Reached for a pod, and nothing... Lol!
Sad thing is, that has happened so many times, that I usually fill my hopper at least the night before now... I try to put my pads on before anyone arrives, so I don't forget!
Getting old stinks!