Would love suggestions as far as taking a bag/purse along while touring the city all day. My guidebook won’t fit any of my purses, and I’m concerned about taking TOO big a bag because of security issues. NY Party Shuttles, which we have booked for a night tour, says not to bring anything larger than a ladies’ purse or they can turn you away at their discretion, with no refund. And I’m sure ESB, TOTR, and a few other places also have restrictions on what type of bag you can bring in. Are backpacks a bad idea?
I don’t carry a lot of “woman” stuff, just a few small items like cell phone, reading glasses, a map or two, etc. Cash and credit cards will be in my jeans pocket, camera around my neck. Do need room for my guidebook though, and a few printed things like the famous “GWB” and other TA instructions! I do have one bag that MIGHT work, though it's bigger than the average purse (but smaller than a backpack).
So, ladies, any suggestions? How can I take a few key items and my guidebook along on my daytrips without being either too cumbersome OR a security magnet? What worked for YOU? Five days to go – thanks for your help!!