When going out to play AD&D with a group of new players, there are two steps in character creation that take considerably longer than others. Those are, of course, looking ability score adjustments and explaining what they mean and choosing equipment. Here's a solution I'm looking at for the second problem.
All character receive a Backpack, Waterskin, Week’s Iron Rations, Traveler’s Clothes, Purse with 1d6 Gold Coins*, equipment suitable to the character’s class, and any one equipment pack, excluding monks, who receive only these items.
*Copper coins for monks.
Equipment by Class
Note that javelins and throwing axes come in sets of 3, darts in sets of 6. Bows and crossbows come with either 24 quarrels (crossbows) or 20 arrows (bows).
Cleric: Wooden holy symbol. Roll d6 for armor: 1-2, Padded Armor (AC 8); 3-4, Ring Mail (AC 7); 5-6, Chain Mail (AC 5). Choice of club flail, hammer, mace, or staff.
Druid: Sprig of Mistletoe. Leather armor. Choice of club, dagger, darts (6), hammer, scimitar, sling, spear, or staff.
Fighter, Paladin, Ranger: Roll d6 for armor: 1-2, Studded Leather Armor (AC 7); 3-4, Scale Mail (AC6); 5-6, Chain Mail (AC 5); choice of any two weapons or a weapon and shield.
Magic-User or Illusionist: Spell book (containing 4 spells); choice of dagger, darts (6), or staff; bag of spell components (four castings per spell)
Thief: Thieves’ picks & tools; leather armor; choice of club, dagger, darts (6), sling, or sword (long, broad, short).
Assassin: Thieves’ picks & tools; leather armor; choice of any weapon
Monk: Choice of bo stick, club, crossbow, dagger, hand axe, javelin, jo stick, pole arm, spear, or staff.
Dungeoneering Pack A: Small mallet, 12 iron spikes, 10’ Pole
Dungeoneering Pack B: 50’ rope, 6 torches, tinderbox, large sack
Explorer’s Pack: Tent, 6 torches, tinderbox, 50’ rope
Hunter’s Pack: Belt pouch, hunting dog or falcon, pint of good wine
Investigator’s Pack: 3 glass vials, small silver mirror, small sack
Lantern Kit: Hooded lantern, 6 flasks of oil, tinderbox
Mapper’s Pack: 12 sheets of parchment, quill, 3 oz. brown ink, leather map case
Minstrel’s Pack: Lute or flute or horn, fancy clothes, letter of recommendation
Rogue’s Pack: Large sack, 2 light weapons (daggers, darts, hand axes, etc.), sprig of belladonna
Vampire Hunter’s Pack: Silver dagger OR 6 silver arrows OR 3 vials of holy water, garlic bud, wolvesbane sprig
Warrior’s Pack: Additional weapon, helmet, shield