Re: What are the must haves for gigging?
Everything has already been mentioned, but I'll single out one that I feel is worth repeating: The rug. Without that, you're screwed. You'll end up playing somewhere on a hard floor like tile or concrete and it will be a complete disaster without a rug.
Also, moon gels, or some other damping device. Even some duct tape and paper towel that you can attach to an unruly drum. Especially if you're still honing your tuning skills. You'll drive a sound person crazy, especially one who isn't very good, with unwanted overtones coming from the drums. Especially that tom that acts up even when you're not playing it by vibrating sympathetically with the rest of your set.