For years while I was growing up, my mom carried a woven wood picnic basket with a snap-down lid as a purse — that thing was probably larger than your backpack.
Wonder what he would do to someone carrying one of the large tote-bag sized ‘designer’ bags. They look like shopping bags I keep in my car, but with a logo on. Also probably way larger than your backpack.
I don’t carry a purse often any more, but ALL my clothes have pockets.