I took a Canon G9 that was more than adaquate. You can not go wrong with almost any durable compact camera in about the $100 range, a carrying case, and a good memory card. Bring your DSLR only if going to a place where it is "appropriate" and you are able to use the advanced features. A simple, smaller camera with good optical zoom is a nice piece of equipment to communicate visually, record events, and help with various presentations including 3'rd goal, etc. You also might like to think about a camera that you are comfortable handing to others such as young students to use?