There are basics that every triathlete will use and that includes a tri top and shorts as well as a cycling jersey. Add cycling gloves will pay off if the unexpected happens and having a running singlet gives you another option for your runs or track workouts. These 6 items are considered the essentials. Having a couple pairs of shorts would be a good idea as well.
If you want some ideas, head over to our list of Recommended Triathlon Gear and Gear that are not must-haves but sure are nice-to-haves.