When preparing for a date, it’s well-known that you should get showered and put on some nice clothes, but there are other things that you should do as you get ready to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Getting ready also involves some coordinating with the other person and double-checking to ensure that you have everything you might need while you’re out, like a phone or wallet.
By preparing in advance, you can head off to your date with nothing to worry about. That way, you can focus on having a good time and putting your best foot forward to impress the other person!
1. Check in with your date.
Give your date a call or text him or her to confirm everything the day of. You want to make sure that you’re both on the same page about details like time and place you’re meeting.
If you’re getting dinner and you’re the one picking the restaurant, make sure to be considerate of your date’s food preferences.
Be sure to ask your date if there are any foods they won’t eat, whether due to medical issues, religious beliefs, or personal tastes. For example, if your date is vegetarian, don’t take him or her to a steakhouse. Likewise, if your date has a gluten sensitivity, check the menu for wheat-free options before hitting up a pizza place.
2. Clean up your place.
You never know how your date may go, and the two of you may end up back at your place.
You don’t want your date to think you’re a slob, so really take some time to clean if your place is a mess. Pay special attention to your living room, bedroom, and bathroom.
3. Charge your phone and keep it with you.
While you shouldn’t be fiddling with it during dinner, your phone is important to have ready just in case.
If you get lost on the way there or while heading back home, you can use your phone’s GPS for help.
If either you or your date is running late or has to cancel because of a last-minute emergency, you’ll need your phone for communication.
If you want to keep the night going and head to a cafe or bar after your planned destination, you can use your phone to help find the best place nearby.
4. Make sure you have a way of paying.
Even if your date ends up treating you, make sure you have the ability to at least offer to pay.
Double-check that your preferred credit card is in your wallet and that your wallet is in your purse or jacket pocket. It’s also a good idea to have cash to make splitting the bill easier or just in case the place you’re going doesn’t take credit cards.
Have your purse or wallet ready ahead of time. In addition to money, pack gum, breath mints, tampons, pads, condoms, and/or a phone charger.
5. Know how to get there.
Look up directions at least a few hours ahead of time. You can always us a GPS app on your phone, but you should definitely figure out how long it’ll take and what transportation to use in advance.
In addition to directions, make sure you have the right transportation to get you to your date on time. Unless your date is with a longtime significant other, don’t depend on the other person for transportation.
If you’re driving during rush hour or using public transportation, make sure to give yourself extra time and leave early.
6. Try to relax.
The less nervous you are, the better your date will go. If you’ve taken care of everything on this list, then you have nothing to worry about. Take the last few minutes before you meet up with your date to chill out.
If you drink, you might enjoy a glass of wine before your date to help you relax your nerves, but don’t go overboard!
Stay calm through breathing exercises. Take slow, deep breaths, hold them in for a moment, and then exhale slowly.
Do a quick round of mindful meditation. Look down or close your eyes. Clear your mind of all other thoughts and simply pay attention to your bodily sensations at that moment.
It might help you feel more confident on your date if you prepare a few things to talk about beforehand, or a couple of interesting questions you might ask your date if the conversation slows down.