Cabling is simple, although it can feel a little clumsy at first. I would say get a cable needle or two; they come in different sizes and, while you could use other things to substitute, it is nice to have several in your knitting bag. Wow - good luck! I can't wait to see pictures!
(My only tip would be that when I knit off the cable needle, I tend to get a little tight... I try to make a habit of not getting too tight and too tense when I'm knitting off the cable needle so I don't make it harder for myself than it needs to be!)