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
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.
Load your critter with a well-made pair of panniers.
With a trained donkey you'll be all set for many pleasant hours of hiking, with your own load substantially lightened.
When you make camp, just tie your donkey nearby and let it graze.