This will only be required if you plan on practicing boxing from home. If like many you are only planning on training in boxing at the gym there will be no need to invest in your own bag.
However, many people do enjoy throwing a punch or two from the comfort of their own home… If you are looking to invest in a heavy bag, there are many types but as a rule tend to around 70 pounds and are made of vinyl, leather or canvas. There is normally also the option of a hard or soft fill.
Headgear is only essential if you will be doing live sparring. This type of boxing means you are likely to take a few hits, meaning it is crucial your headgear is high quality. It doesn’t only protect you from cuts and scrapes, it also protects you from punches directly to your head. Whilst headgear will not prevent you from blacking out during an intense sparring session, it will alleviate a proportion of the blow.