Carrying aids allow safer and easier (than head loading or hand carrying) carrying of cargo by people.
Carrying aids include packframes, the chee-ke, and carrying yokes.
- The packframe uses shoulder straps and a hip belt to transfer weight.
- The chee-ke is a Korean pack frame with wheels. It is pulled as a handcart on smooth surfaces and carried in rough terrain.
- A carrying yoke transfers the weight to the shoulders. Often cargo is carried in buckets with the carrying yoke. Two people with carrying yokes can carry a litter/stretcher holding an injured person or bulky materials like corn stalks. A carrying yoke can be carved from a log, made from a board, or made from bamboo and webbing or rope.