The Essential First Date Checklist

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First dates can be incredibly anxiety-inducing. You need to strike a delicate balance of making a good first impression without trying too hard. It’s extremely difficult to do. The only way to achieve this is with careful preparation. Here’s a handy checklist you can use to get you ready for that all-important first date:

Before the Date

Visit a nearby dermatologist in Salt Lake City or anywhere in Utah who can help you get clear, flawless skin. You’ll look great and feel even better without acne getting in the way of your confidence.

Figure out the logistics of your date: where you’re going, how you’re getting there, and how you’ll get home. If your date hasn’t already chosen a place to meet, opt for a place where you can get to know each other and have fun. Some interesting ideas include a boat or ferry ride, a cooking class, or a wine tasting.

Take care of your personal hygiene. Shower thoroughly and moisturize your skin. Style your hair, brush your teeth, and spritz on some cologne or perfume.

Make sure you’re bringing all the essential travel-sized items you’ll need for a quick touch-up in the middle of your date.

Plan your outfit. Pick an ensemble you already know you look good in and feel comfortable in. Now’s not exactly the best time to try something new.

Don’t forget to bring enough money for your activities. One of the most embarrassing things you can do is have your date foot the bill without warning. Make sure you have enough left over for a ride home if you’re taking a cab.

During the Date

Let a friend know where you are and when you’ll be back. It never hurts to take some precautions when it comes to your safety.

Put your phone away. If possible, keep it silent. Not only is it awkward for the person you’re with, but it’s also incredibly disrespectful on your part to be more interested in something else during your date.

Be a good listener. The conversation will come naturally if you’re interested in and curious about the person you’re with. But, it also pays to listen as much as you talk. Give them time to speak and return a question once you respond to theirs.

Be polite. It goes without saying that you should be polite to your partner, but don’t forget to also be polite to those around you. How you treat others reflects how you’ll treat your significant other.

Enjoy yourself. Check your problems at the door and let yourself enjoy the moment, even if you don’t expect to go on another date with them again.

Romantic dateAfter the Date

Say goodbye. Depending on the situation, you can give your date a small hug or kiss on the cheek before going your separate ways. There’s no need to overthink it, but don’t leave your date hanging either.

Assess how you feel about the date. Trust your feelings and figure out what you want to do. If you feel good or see potential, then move on to the next step. If not, then you can let them know you aren’t looking for anything serious. Be careful not to string your date along or completely ghost them.

Thank your date for a lovely time and let them know you’d like to see them again (only if you actually do). Wait for a response before sending another text. You can move on if they don’t reply and aren’t interested.

First dates don’t have to be complicated. This handy checklist has everything you need for a great first date.

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