"...I have no idea where to start on selecting equipment, and I understand there is rental gear, but I really want to have my own stuff.
So my question is what would you pick for 3 starter combos for anything up to a 5 day trip? I want 3 rod and reel combos that can be versatile for multiple situations and price isn't an issue..."
Understand the bit about "price isn't an issue" but if people on this site bought cars the way they bought reels then there would be whole fleets of Ferrari's, Lamborgini's, Porsche's, etc., in their garages. Sure, it'll be fun, but overkill most of the time especially if just getting from point A to point B is the primary objective.
Factor in another 1/4-1/3 of what you allocated for just the new reels as cost of the new braid line. Add another $300-$500 for the terminal tackle, lures, etc.
See my reply (#16) here:
Hello everyone I'm new to fishing. Trying to get into fishing and learn as much as I can to be the best I can become at it. I'm looking to get some salt water gear and looking for any suggestions or input on what I should get or consider getting...
That lineup of conventionals has gone on up to 8-day trips. 50, 65, and 80 lb braid main lined, star drag setups will meet your "3 starter combos" requirement.
Of course, not everyone aspires (or want) to eventually fish with Zane Grey-era gear. Your physical condition will be the best determinant of when/where you may be wanting the "granny gear" of a 2-speed...50 lb (17-18 lbs drag) is a reasonable point to start considering it.