You can bake bread with very few things but here is a list of tools that I find very useful and that will help you elevate your home baking. Below is my list with links to as many independent stores as possible, so if you are getting started try to support other small and local businesses during these trying time for so many.
I made the list in the order of importance to me and my baking at home:
I already talked about this in my sourdough starter post. Just get one if you want to bake.
Metal Dough Scraper
I can't recommend this enough. Moving your dough around and scraping your counters will become so much easier. No more sticky mess that you don't know how to get off.
If you want to make free form loaves like a boule this is absolutely key for home baking! I used to bake with four of them in my home oven when I first started to sell bread, it makes a beautiful crust! If you want to invest some more Challenger Bread Wear makes a bread specific one that would allow you to make Demi baguettes and batards as well.
It will help you get more consistent results
A bowl will do but if you bake often you won't regret having one of these beautiful baskets
I always recommend having one of these on hand. If something went wrong with your dough and it's sticking everywhere you can just plop it in a pan and the bread will still taste good! And most people prefer their sandwiches in this shape anyways.
Plastic Bowl Scraper
Makes cleanup so much easier
I find that a. plastic tub with lid does a better job at keeping the dough at a good temperature and it doesn't let it dry out as much.
You can use a regular knife but this does a much nicer job