hey! You must be getting pretty excited!
1) during the day, when i dont want to be carrying around my pack, what sort of bag is safest and practical?
You're fine with anything you can keep close to your body. No need to be paranoid. You'll see alot of women carrying around those big sack-like bags with a wide strap that hang pretty low. ( you can buy them there really cheap but I think they tear easily) personally I carried a MEC bag. I could fit my necessities and jam a camera in too. It had a few compartments to keep organized, a few 'secret' spots, and I could adjust the strap to have it loose or tight up against me depending on where I was. Still have it after all these years. Cheap and durable. It doesn't have to be this
bag ofcourse. Another handy thing; I can jam it in my pack for hands-free traveling anytime, fulll or rolled up empty. A very small knapsack does the trick too.
2) What sort of clothes are best for a girl?
Loose fitting and cool. You'll hear this from everyone and trust it's SO true; pack a few of your favorite clothes from home and buy your stuff there. There is HUGE variety and it's quite cheap. The only way I wouldn't do this is if I had clothes at home and didn't want to spend extra money buying on my trip. This culture is one of modesty. Women still swim in their clothing. You get the point. You don't have to dress like a nun though....shorts are acceptable, t-shirts, skirts etc. I only wore tank tops around the beach areas but that was my personal choice. Pretty much all women do in all places though.
how easy is it get "girly things" at THAT time of the month etc etc etc???!!!??
You can get those mostly everywhere but since you're only going for six weeks, if you use tampons, just stick a supplies worth into a ziploc and take them along. They're light and small. I didn't find too many tampons about....maybe now they're more widely available.....
what sort of footwear is best?
If you like them you'll probably live in flip flops. If you have a pair you like, take them, if you don't buy them there. You'll find them literally everywhere for dirt
cheap. Also, take one pair of sturdy shoes for any treks, hikes etc. Sometimes i take runners but confess I hardly wear them.They do come in quite handy sometimes. Other than that, a sturdy pair of sport sandals or something similar. Hiking or caving in flip flops sucks.
they are mostly silly little things but i'm completely new to this so any help will be greatfully recieved!!!
Definitely not. These are great questions. At least you're using common sense. You can, honestly, find just about everything you need over there so don't worry too much. Packing on the light side is the best bet. You may feel weird about it but trust me, you'll be fine.
Have an awesome time and ask whatever
you need to know! There are lots of member who have traveled through the area.