Equipment you need:
Bee suit - covers your entire body except your hands
Gloves - vented with sealable gauntlets
Veil - some have helmet inside; others you need a helmet with
I suggest purchasing these at LA Honey where you can try them on and get items that fit you. If I had purchased these items online, I would not have gotten the correct size.
Rags (some wet) (honey is sticky!)
Hive box(es) and frames
Couple of good books and a mentor
Los Angeles Honey Co
Address: 1559 Fishburn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90063
I am about half way through Rob and Chelsea's beekeeping book, Save The Bees with Natural Backyard Hives, and it is stellar. Written in a very readable style and loaded with good data, it is now my #1 pick for anyone's first beekeeping book!
We touched on this in class last week, and this is further proof in recent days.