So you’re sure to have found the one and only after 5-10 online conversations, but before rushing right out to meet the person you like offline, keep in mind these little things you should know before your first date.
The first and most important rule is to keep yourself safe and the best thing here is to meet in a public place (preferably during the daylight hours). To meet a perfect stranger in the dark night where there’s noone else around sounds romantic, but too risky.
Do not let your partner pick you up at home and arrange for your own transportation to the agreed upon place. Make sure you have a full tank of gas in case you need to make a getaway.
Arrive a little earlier,so you could take stock of the environment. Take note of where the doors are and find the nearest pay phone. If the person makes you feel uneasy or you just plain don’t like them, don’t feel bad about leaving. After all, your safety comes first.
Go somewhere with a lot of people around. A local café or anart gallery would be an ideal place for your first date. Bad things are less likely to happen if there’s a crowd around you.
Tell a family member or friend where you’re going and what time your meeting is. That way if anything should happen, they’ll know where to find you.
Steer the conversation away from personal details – you’re meeting this person for the first time so try not to reveal specific things about your life. Keep it general – at least for now.
If possible, avoid drinking alcohol – it could affect your judgment and lessen inhibitions. If you are drinking, keep the drink in your sight all the time and do not get too drunk.
Finally, just be alert and trust your own instincts. Try to relax and enjoy this first meeting, but don’t let your guard down too much. Safety is your first concern – for both you and your date.