A couple of suggestions:
Get some cotton "shop towels". My Angel found me white ones. They will prove very handy while the catheter is in to control leakage. They made sleeping far more comfortable.
Get a small garbage can or a 5 gallon bucket to hold the catheter bag, especially while sleeping. I found the 5 gallon can easier to deal with.
My daughter sewed a "designer" catheter bag so it was not so obvious and easier to carry when I went for my walks.
I found that raising the head of my bed aided the flow from the catheter. Several ways to do this.
As for pads, I prefered the CVS and Walgreens pads. The Serenity pads are great, thinner and more comfortable, but they don't hold near as much.
I used a Rejoyn (manual) vacuum pump. Go to www.rejoyn.com for info. It worked great, and the constriction rings were easy to deal with, unlike some others. Most don't consider the function and ease of use of the rings when purchasing a pump. Very important.
Age: 57 (49 when diagnosed)
PSA 100+ 3/1999
Biopsy -positive, both nodes 03/1999
Bone Scan and CAT scan negative 4/1999
Radical prostatectomy and bladder neck removed 04/19/1999
HT - 05/1999 (Lupron every 3 months for 9 months)
RT - 6/1999
PSA 0.0-0.2 until 2001
Casodex 150mg 2001 until 2006
Casodex 100mg 2006-present
PSA 0.4-0.6 2001-2007