Originally Posted by Dngrsone
I prefer solder wick, myself, but then, I do that for a living. There are times when a solder sucker comes in handy, though.
This. Those bulbs are pretty much useless most of the time.
Also, make sure you get some of the fine tips. And have a few on hand. I go through those things ridiculously fast.
As far as wires, I always use IDE ribbon cables. Those things are wonderful if you need more than a few wires.
If you don't already have one, get a multimeter too, preferably one with a continuity check buzzer. It'll save you a lot of frustration.
EDIT: Almost forgot... Those "helping hands" things can be extremely useful. Definitely get one. Harbor Freight runs them for like $6 all the time.