The basics for beekeeping are actually quite involved. You need protective clothing, preferably a full suit with a hat and veil (zip-on adds an extra sense of safety). Beginners are also advised to use gloves. You will also probably want a "hive tool" (a multi-purpose tool for cleaning hives and moving frames), a smoker (used to calm the bees), and a bee brush (to shoo bees off). There are many more tools most beekeepers like to keep handy but these vary based on the person and type of hive being used.