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

  • Unlined paper (for flowing)

  • Pens

  • Water bottle

  • Sunscreen

  • Bed linens (only needed for LA I)

  • Handsoap (only needed for LA II)

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. Swarthmore and UCLA will provide a basic linen package (pillow, sheets, blanket, towel), but students may bring additional items to make them more comfortable. Note: Linens are not provided by Loyola Marymount University, our hosts at LA I.


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.