Highly recommend you attend a group hang to learn more and see many of the different setups. Even you have to camp in a tent , go. Many time there is extra gear so beginners can try a hammock before buying one. Invest in a copy of the Ultimate Hang book. Lots of excellent info on hanging and how to. Watch Shug's videos on hanging for new hangers.
you will need to get tarp along with the hammock unless you enjoy sleeping while getting rained on.
Hammock = Tent
Tarp = Rainfly
TQ = Sleeping bag
UQ = Pad
Might be short notice but there will be a hammock hang (Smoked Butt hang) in Raleigh/Durham NC area this weekend if you can attend. Several folks from SC will be there.