Things to Pack:

  • Laptop computer and charger (strongly recommended). If you are not able to bring a laptop please let us know as soon as possible.
  • Cell Phone (strongly recommended). We need to be able to contact students 24/7.
  • Spending money (or ATM card). You might want some money for the free day on the weekend, or to buy snacks or non-cafeteria food if you so desire. 
  • Athletic shoes (for walking around campus)
  • Sweatshirt/light jacket (it does get cool at night)
  • Personal care and toiletry items
  • Flow (computer) paper
  • Pens
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen

Do NOT Pack:

  • Dress/formal attire. Do not bring tournament clothes to camp. We want you to be comfortable at all times.
  • Illegal substances, cigarettes, etc.
  • Water guns/balloons and other items that lead to shenanigans. VBI reserves the right to confiscate such items.
  • Peanuts or snacks that contain peanuts

Optional Items:

  • Laundry detergent. Students will have access to laundry facilities.
  • Umbrella (recommended for Philadelphia location).
  • Flip flops or sandals (for showers)
  • Additional linens. The University will provide a basic linen package (pillow, sheets, blanket, towel), but students may bring additional items to make them more comfortable.


Students can either self-administer/store prescriptions or they can be stored in the VBI office. We do have a refrigerator available, if necessary. If a student will be bringing medication(s), then parents should indicate on the medical form how the medication(s) ought to be stored.