Find a weapon right away. Assault rifles are generally the best all purpose weapons. If you get stuck with a handgun you’re pretty much doomed.
Figure out if you’re a fighter or not. You can be successful in careful scrounging and avoiding battles until near the end. Or go out and battle at the beginning and see if you’re any good at it...that’s the best way of getting good stuff. I’m not the greatest in combat so I generally pick my battles.
You’ll suck bad the first few rounds while you get used to the game. Learn how to ‘tab loot’ meaning hold tab and pick up the gear from a downed opponent as opposed to going through the regular animation.
Don’t be afraid to camp or hide if you have to. This isn’t COD. Once you die...you’re done.
High traffic drop zones usually have the best loot but then you’re going to have to fight your way out. Not the best idea for a newbie.
For my first few rounds I would land in more remote spots and get acclimatized to the controls and environment.
Always use a pan as the melee weapon if you can. It acts as a secondary armour on your back.