Sean,
everyone else covered the basics. if you buy room temperature RA-4, you can develop in open trays with surgical gloves.

viewing filters are a necessity. judge the print dry. first get the exposure right, then adjust the filtration. I don't think that Kodak makes the viewing filters, anymore, but Lee makes the indentical product. use a voltage stabilizer on your enlarger.

Kodak endura is a good paper also. good luck, black and white darkroom work is a lot more fun!
Take care,
Tom