Some knowledge and comfort with ice climbing will make a big difference, building a feeling and love for your tools like crampons and an ice axe.
Practice this skill set often to be efficient and to save energy in your excursions.
The Axe Stash is a slick guide trick to put your axe away where it can quickly be retrieved if you feel insecure while climbing or descending.
Approach the backcountry with respect and humility, or it will provide it for you.
Before getting involved in the sport, be sure to dial in your backcountry avalanche skills.