When you make camp, just tie your donkey nearby and let it graze.
With a trained donkey you'll be all set for many pleasant hours of hiking, with your own load substantially lightened.
Once you've found (and properly schooled) a healthy trail mate, you'll need to gear up with a good sawbuck saddle, a pad, a sturdy halter, and a strong rope.
If you buy a donkey, give it proper care and treatment. The animal will not be ornery or stubborn as many people believe.
Photo by Lorena Hillis
Load your critter with a well-made pair of panniers.