I just hold a big wad of paper towels under the cover when I take it off and then when I pull the filter out. I then use another wad of paper towels to soak up the oil that remains in the hole.
Definitely don't forget to put the metal tube thing back through the center of the oil filter and make sure the correct end goes toward the engine. From what I understand, if you put the filter in without that tube, it will result in your engine oil not passing through the filter at all.
I use a magnetic drain plug, but there's never anything on it when I pull it out. Figure it can't hurt to use one. On that note, if you don't have a torque wrench, be careful with that oil drain plug and don't strip the threads. Also, the two small bolts that hold the oil filter cover on just need to be snugged down. No reason to crank on them and risk damage.
Last edited by planalp; 05-27-2012 at 01:17 PM.