Packing for a hiking trip is easy with these tips. Get advice on backpacking, hiking, and the great outdoors in this video tutorial. Take Action: pack heavy items at the bottom, bring extra water, and include a first-aid kit in your pack. John Flaherty, the instructor in this how-to video, has a great love for the outdoors. In 2003, John and his wife started Central Coast Outdoors in northern California. His company provides hiking, kayaking, and biking services for those wanting to be closer to nature. John has traveled all around the world through his love of hiking.