What to Bring

Check your “Trip Details  PDF” document (found in your confirmation email) for a comprehensive list of what to bring. 

For staying comfortable in the cooler times on the river, wear as much synthetic (not cotton) clothing as possible. During spring time and high flows, we recommend that our guests wear a bathing suit or thin layer under the provided wetsuit and splash gear. If you prefer to skip the wetsuit or if you’re worried  about colder temps, in addition to your wetsuit, thin capilene, polypropylene or wool layers on top and bottom is the  best bet along with heavier fleece on the colder days (think layers for skiing).

Please remember that no matter what,  your feet will get wet so we always recommend warm, synthetic/wool socks under your footwear on cold days.

In summer, beach wear works well as the temps are much warmer and most guests choose to jump out and cool off in the river. We wear helmets on most of our trips and some people find that a baseball caps offer further sun protection underneath.

One of the most important aspects of  what to wear rafting is footwear. All of our guests are informed that backless shoes are a no-no and we prefer if you wear water shoes/aqua socks, any sandal with a heel strap or an old pair of tennis shoes. 

Things for Before and After the Trip:

  • Sunscreen
  • Change of clothes
  • If you get cold easily or your trip is in the spring, it is a good idea to bring long underwear and a fleece
  • Any medication you may need 
  • A gratuity for your guide


Things for the River:

  • Reusable Water bottle
  • NO FLIP FLOPS -Sturdy shoes with a heel strap, tennis shoes or aqua socks/water shoes 
  • Hat – We wear helmets on our trips, but a baseball style works under the helmet 
  • Most people wear a t-shirt and shorts


Our Truckee River meeting location has a general store in which hats, shirts, water, sunscreen and water shoes are  for sale if you have left any of these items at home. We look forward to seeing you!

Most of our guests love to bring a waterproof camera along on the trip. Many brands come equipped with an elastic strap that can hook onto the top latch on your lifejacket, making it easy to access throughout the trip. We do not  recommend bring non-waterproof cameras or phones on the river with you as these tend to be commonly lost or  damaged. For safety purposed we do not allow anything in the rafts that cannot be securely attached to the raft itself.  Tahoe Whitewater Tours has a riverside photographer that will snap your hilarious expressions as you come  through rapids on the trips and are available for purchase before and after the trip. 

Another frequently asked question is, “What is a good tip for my guide?” Industry standard is anywhere from  10%-20% of the total trip cost factored in with the level of service you feel you received on your adventure. We have the best guides on the river, so every experience is top notch!