Hiking trailers are a great way to carry all you’re camping equipment. This saves you all the discomfort of carrying your equipment on your back. Instead of lifting your equipment everywhere, you can pull it around, (simple) So, if you`re tired of lifting your equipment then read this post about hiking/bicycle trailers. Lets get started.
Benefits of a hiking trailer
Using a hiking trailer can allow you to walk that much faster. A hiking trailer can allow you to use less energy per mile, even while walking faster. A hiking trailer can let you walk more comfortably and have fewer injuries. Hiking trailers are cooler and no more sore shoulder`s or aching back. A hiking trailer can help you to do this, it takes the weight of the backpack, off your shoulders, and puts it around your waist.
Disadvantages of a hiking trailer
Hiking trailers do not help in all terrains. When you come across steps, gates, fences, and very rocky terrain etc. hiking trailers can be awkward. But there are hiking trailers out there that you can carry on your back.
If you’re thinking of taking a bicycle on your trek, you may consider attaching a bike trailer, to carry all of your equipment. This trailer can be attached to your bike or you can pull this along, I have one of these and find it very good for pulling all of my equipment around on my treks. And if your tent is big enough, you can put the trailer in your tent.
Types of hiking trailers
There are a lot of different hiking trailers out there. Hiking trailers upon purchase, can be adapted to suit your needs. My trailer (Image Below) was the same trailer as the image above when I purchased one.
I added things like bracing struts for strength and bicycle lights should night time set in before you find somewhere to pitch your tent. I also added a lockable lid for safety, and attached my trekking poles to each side. I added brackets to stop the box from being removed by anyone should you need to stop for supplies.
It has a bracket on top, to attach my lockable top box to for extra storage and a bracket for my solar charger. I attached twin handles so I could incorporate a harness for comfort and ease of use.
The trailer has bigger 20 inch wheels which are quick release, all trailers come with 16 inch quick release wheels. The trailers come with a rain cover. You can adapt these trailers to suit your needs and what you are using them for. You don`t have to go to this extreme like me, the choice is yours.
While there are many benefits of using a hiking trailer, it is important to bear in mind, that hiking trailers do not help you in all terrains. Hiking trailers can help greatly in the right type of terrain. They can also be a hindrance in certain types of terrain.
For some hikers, taking a big heavy pack, can be difficult and take it`s toll on your back and body in general especially if you are not as young and able as you used to be. A hiking trailer is one possible solution that might help you get back out on the trail and enjoying the freedom once more.