You’ve been out of the dating game for a while now. Or, you’ve managed to finally get a date with that cutie you’ve been eyeing for a while. Whatever the reason, you’re nervous and you don’t know how to prepare for the date with this special lady. You want to make a good first impression, but you don’t want to come off as someone who is desperate to please her, because that’s sure to turn her off. Well, the best way to go about things is to begin by keeping a check list for yourself.

How to Prepare for a Date

Bear in mind that these tips help guarantee that you will make a good impression on your first date. What actually happens after that is completely up to you and how you behave with your lady.

Cleanliness is first priority

You should always take a bath before going on a date, especially if you’re not in the habit of bathing daily. You also should remember to brush your teeth, clip and clean your nails, check for bad breath keeping mints in your pocket just in case, make sure your arm pits or feet don’t stink, etc.


Hydrate yourself

Especially if you’re going out drinking at a bar. Alcoholic drinks are notorious for making you feel thirsty, which in turn might push you to drink more. So be smart and drink at least 2-3 glasses of water before your date arrives. Not to mention, drinking water also keeps bad breath at bay!


Smell good

How to prepare for a date? By beginning at the basics – smelling good. The sense of smell is one of the most important and yet one of our most underrated senses. The way you smell subconsciously tells your date a lot about you. For example, if you smell like oaks and pine, it tells her you’re more of a manly man. If you smell like rose or jasmine, it tells her you’re more of a feminine guy. And if you smell like rotten eggs, it tells her you’re a disgusting man. Getting the drift? And girls, this is especially important for you, perfumes like La Vie Est Belle By Lancôme, Shalimar Guerlain, Shi from Alfred Sung, Contradiction from Ck, etc.


Eat small snacks beforehand

It might sound counterintuitive, but the fact remains that when you’re on a date, you don’t immediately order food. You talk, get to know each other, and then order food, which by itself could take anywhere between 20 minutes to one hour. And what exactly will you do when your stomach makes noises? Not to mention the fact that nobody is at their best on an empty stomach. So munch on something light before heading out.


Practice smiling in front of the mirror

This is more important if you’re the type of guy whose smiles come off more as the Joker’s smile. Practice makes perfect, so stand in front of a mirror and practice all the different smiles that you use. When you find one that you like, stick to it and flash it in front of your date!


Make sure you wear the proper clothes

Don’t underestimate how your dress determines your date’s impression of you. When working on how to prepare for a date, keep in mind to dress according to the place you’re going to. For example, if you’re going to that fancy new restaurant in town, men should opt for a casual suit and women should choose for that cute dress. If you’re going to a fundraiser, men should opt for a tuxedo and women should choose something like a fancy cocktail dress. However, if you’re going to a local pub or an Indian restaurant, you can dress more casually. However, remember never to show up in a hoodie. These are thing considered “too casual” you know.


Ask her about her food preferences

Because it would be extremely awkward if she has seafood allergy and you take her to a sushi place. Or worse, what do you think is gonna happen if she’s a vegan and you take her to a steakhouse?


Clean your car

Especially if you plan on picking or dropping her off. Because which girl would ever want to go out on a second date with a guy who is unable to clean his car for at least special occasions? It’s a major turn off. When you’re done cleaning your car, take your cologne and spritz some of it in the car for added measure.


Keep your phone on silent mode

It’s extremely rude if your phone constantly buzzes with stupid WhatsApp messages or Facebook notifications when you are having a date. Just put it on silent mode or airplane mode if you can and enjoy your date. This is especially so if the two of you are watching a movie together. She deserves 100% of your time, not 80% or 60% of it. Be classy.


Clean your apartment

If you’re expecting or hoping that your date comes back to your apartment, then you have to clean your place. Not many people will tell you about this aspect of how to prepare for a date, which makes it all the more important! And while you’re at it, make sure your condoms aren’t lying openly near your bedside. Be a gentleman and at least keep them inside the nearest drawer.


Other things to consider

  • Think positively and maintain a good mood by talking to a good friend, listen to soothing music or watching your favorite comedy.

  • Make sure everything is on schedule, like the time and place for the date.

  • Stay calm and act naturally when dating because nervousness will only make things worse like saying or doing wrong things.

  • Make sure you take enough cash, your preferred credit card. If your date ends up paying the bill for the bill, you can find ways to treat your date in other ways, like watching a movie.


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