The first thing you are going to need is a good pen.
You are going to be doing a lot of writing.

A notebook, to right in.  Don’t do like I did and use scraps of paper.  You will lose stuff.

You want to keep your notes all together. You WILL be referring back to stuff later.

You will need a phone with voice mail.  You will be making a lot of phone calls.

A computer, with an internet connection. Possibly a scanner as well.

Yeah I know, most of you are thinking….  well duh… no kidding.

Well don’t say I didn’t tell you.  You never know what people may or may not have.

And you will remember this the first time that pen fails you while you are trying to write down an important number.  Keep spare pens handy.