All Rafting guests MUST wear some kind of shoe or sandal that will stay on.  NO FLIP FLOPS, NO BARE FEET PLEASE.

General info

For many of our shorter trips, all you will need is appropriate footwear, sunscreen, your bathing suit and possibly a long sleeve non-cotton shirt for sun protection and/or warmth. If you would like to bring other items, you are welcome to, but please be sure that your items can secure in the raft to help cut down on the chance of litter in our beautiful rivers. IRIE Rafting Company provides all of the required personal gear you will need on the river such as personal flotation devices (PFDs), helmets and paddles. As well as wetsuits and splash jackets when applicable at no extra cost. Below are complete packing lists for all our trips.


Helpful Tips 

Your Stuff - Most guests find it helpful to bring a small backpack or tote bag to carry personal items onto the shuttle vehicle.  This will allow you to manage personal items such as towels, change of clothes, sunscreen, snacks, wallets, etc. These items may be safely left on the shuttle vehicle while you are rafting.

Pictures & Videos- Waterproof cameras and video cameras are acceptable to bring on the rafts as long as you have some sort of retaining strap.  Use of the camera must not interfere with your ability to listen to your guide and paddle the raft.  We will not be responsible for the safety of such items. Pictures will be taken of your raft at certain points on most rivers and are available for purchase through an outside provider.

Dry Clothing - Bring dry clothing and shoes for your drive home and plastic bags to carry wet things. For Truckee trips, it is best to wait until you get back to the office to change, but on trips that are further away, it is nice to change before the van ride. Also, bring spares of anything you need to get home such as keys, glasses or contacts.

What Not To Wear  - Cotton is not ideal for rafting as it will not keep you warm or dry out once it is wet! Denim jeans and heavy cotton are never appropriate on the river as the fabric retains water and loses insulation. Also avoid anything that may hamper your movement in the water like long dresses, baggy pants or large shoes/boots.

What Not to Bring - Please do not bring pets, valuables such as jewelry, expensive sunglasses or cameras, and try not to bring too much gear. Drivers stay with shuttle vehicles while you are on the river and we have never had issues with theft, however, we are not responsible for damage or the loss/theft of any personal gear from our vehicles, on the river or in camp. So please travel light, and have travel insurance or household insurance that covers your property when away from home.

  • Summer Rafting: June - September. depending on the river and local weather. 

During the summer, your main concern will be sun protection. We highly recommend that you bring waterproof sunscreen with a high SPF, or a non-cotton sun shirt. You also can bring sunglasses but they should have some sort of tether or strap to keep them on your body should you go in the river. You can bring a baseball cap and wear it under your helmet if you would like the added shade. We have sunscreen and sunglass retaining straps for sale in our office if you forget.

What to bring and wear on summer day trips:

  • Shoes that have a heel strap/back (no flip-flops, no bare feet)
  • Shorts/bathing suit, t-shirt (having shorts over bikini bottoms is most comfortable on the raft)
  • Sunscreen (available for sale at our office)
  • Change of clothing to leave in vehicle


  • Sunglasses with a strap to keep them on your head (available for sale at our office)
  • Brimmed hat
  • Water or other non-alcoholic drinks, but it must be able to be attached to our boats (no loose bottles to pollute the river!)
  •  Extra sun layer (not cotton!) for on the river

Spring or Fall Rafting: Before mid-May & after mid-September, depending upon the river and local weather. 

When it is cold out or the water temperature of the river is low, rafters need to be prepared. We provide wetsuits and splash jackets as well as extra layers if needed, at no cost to our guests. However, it is important for guests to also dress appropriately for the river and weather conditions.  Wear fabrics that are fast drying, such as nylon and polyester, and/or that retain warmth when wet, such as fleece, wool, neoprene and polypropylene. Avoid all cotton.

Suggested clothing on spring or fall day trips:

  • Swimsuit
  • Wetsuit (3mm farmer john or dry suit), we provide wetsuits
  • Fleece sweater/jacket (polypro or wool)
  • Old tennis shoes or wetsuit booties with sturdy sole (no sandals)
  • Wool, polypro, or wetsuit socks (keeping feet warm is tough in the water, go thicker than you think and please no cotton)


  • Wool hat
  • Extra wool or polypro sweater
  • Polypro or wool gloves
  • Sunglasses with a device to keep them on your head (available for sale at our office)
  • Brimmed hat
  • Water or other non-alcoholic drinks, but it must be able to be attached to our boats (no loose bottles to pollute the river!)

Multi-Day Packing List

For our overnight trips, please bring the following equipment on top of the one day packing list that applies to your trip:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad or air mattress
  • Tent and/or ground cloth (most summer nights in California do not require a tent for comfortable camping)
  • Comfortable shoes in addition to what you are wearing on the river
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight or headlamp + extra batteries
  • Camera
  • Jacket
  • Long pants
  • Shirt
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent


  • Towel
  • Biodegradable soap and shampoo
  • Rain Gear
  • Book