Geared up bro! ha ha I hear you about the temptation when you are feeling beastmode. It'll pay off with a bigger lift when you do hit your 1RM.
I still haven't got in the habit of using a belt - but chalk is a must aye. Les Mills supply it on the main lifting floor. That's where the competition from Crossfit boxes has been good. My gym has been improving their weightlifting gear/space, and having free chalk is primo. Couldn't live without it now!