I have 3 daughters, going on 11, 7 & 2 ... We have been going places a lot lately, like the zoo or museum. Places which are too far from the car to justify not bringing stuff inside.
So, here's the problem. I have a stroller (a Maclaren umbrella) - I used to think it was the best stroller in the world, but I almost never push a child in it. And now with 3 kids, it is woefully inadequate. The underbasket isn't big enough for our lunch bag, and the seat isn't big enough for stuff, either. I end up overloading the back so it falls over unless you are pushing it. The kids all love pushing it, though.
I pack as light as possible: lunch bag (big enough for us all, but not enormous), water bottles (at least 3), a couple loose diapers, camera, purse, and didymos wrap. My older kids REFUSE to carry anything. But they want to bring their own purses and sketch pads ... but since they won't carry them, I tend to say NO. And I'd much rather carry the toddler on my back than push her in a stroller - she's maybe ridden in it twice?
I am tempted to get one of these
... I know, not a big investment, but I don't want to be wasteful.
Would I get much use out of one of those plastic wagons? Is there such a thing as a folding wagon? If I hate pushing strollers, will I hate pulling a wagon even more? Can you take them into museums like you could take a stroller?
I drive an SUV, but one reason I hate strollers is that I don't like lifting them in & out of the car. I'd rather carry crap than hoist something up & down!