How Do You Prepare Rice for Backpacking?

By Michael Ferguson

Backpacking is an excellent way to explore the outdoors, but it’s important to have a good meal plan that won’t weigh down your pack or take up too much valuable space. Rice is a wonderful choice for backpacking meals because of its light weight and high nutritional value. With careful preparation, you can easily enjoy a delicious meal of rice in the wilderness.

When selecting rice for backpacking, there are two main considerations: size and quantity. Brown rice has higher nutritional value than white rice, but it also takes longer to cook.

If you’re short on time or don’t want to wait for the longer cooking process, white rice is an acceptable option. It’s important to measure out the right amount of rice for your group; too much will take up unnecessary space in your pack.

Once you’ve selected the right type and quantity of rice, you’ll need to prepare it. Start by washing the rice thoroughly under running water until it’s clear and free from dirt.

If you’re using brown rice, add a pinch of salt to increase flavor while cooking. Then place the washed rice into a pot with double the amount of water as there is dry rice.

Bring the pot to a rolling boil over high heat; then reduce to low heat and cover with a lid. After about 15-20 minutes, most of the water should be absorbed and your food will be ready! Allow some extra time if using brown rice; it usually takes around 45 minutes to cook.


Rice is an ideal choice for backpacking meals due its light weight and high nutritional value. When selecting your type of rice, keep in mind that brown has more nutrients but takes longer to cook than white does.

Be sure to measure out the right amount before preparing it according to your group size needs. Once you’ve washed the grain thoroughly, bring it to a boil over high heat before reducing it and covering with a lid. After about 15-20 minutes (or 45 minutes if using brown), you’ll have delicious cooked rice ready for your next backpacking adventure!