You can never be too careful on a first date and that is why we put together these 10 first date safety tips.
1. Do communicate your plans with someone you trust
Always tell someone when and where you’re going, and arrange to call or text them at a set time to confirm that everything is going well.
Pro tip: Stay discreet by taking a quick trip to the bathroom to text or call.
2. Do meet in a public place
Meeting in a public place where you know lots of other people will be around is a great move for a first date.
Pro tip: Being among the hustle-bustle of a coffee shop or bar will also help you feel at ease if you can hear other people’s conversations as well as your own. Try the first few meetings during the day.
3. Do take your mobile phone
Make sure your mobile phone has plenty of battery so that you can call someone if you need to.
Pro tip: Fiddling with your mobile on a first date is a definite no-no - keep it in your bag or pocket until you’ve finished or you’re in the bathroom.
4. Do pre-plan your route home
Thinking about how you’re going to get home is a wise move, whether it be by taxi, car, bus or train. Don't miss your last bus or train.
Pro tip: Being confident about how you are getting home will avoid those awkward “do you want a lift” situations (see #9)
5. Do leave if you feel uncomfortable
Trust your gut!!! If you feel uncomfortable at any point, go home. This could be something your date is saying, doing or implying.
Pro tip: Make your excuses and don’t feel bad about leaving a date early. Your safety is more important. Many bars and restaurants have a first date "menu" usually in the bathroom. Feel free to order off this "menu" if you are feeling unsafe.
6. Don’t leave beverages or personal belongings unattended
Leaving your drink with someone you don’t know very well can lead to it being tampered with. You should also take your handbag, phone or wallet with you if you visit the bar or bathroom.
Pro tip: If you need to go to the toilet, finish your drink first.
7. Do not meet at your house or place of work
Don't show your date where you live or tell them your address. On the flip-side, do not go to your date's home.
Pro tip: Save the home dates until you know someone much better.
8. Don’t drink too much
Drinking a couple of alcoholic drinks will inevitably calm your nerves, but having more than that could leave you vulnerable. Stay alert.
Pro tip: Keep your wits about you whilst drinking by alternating your alcoholic drinks with a soft drink.
9. Don’t let your date drive you home
Do not get into a car with your date and do not let them get into your car.
Pro tip: Even if you feel that you trust the person, politely decline a trip in their car and make your own way home.
10. Don’t go home with your date
Even if it feels like the date's going great and you feel a physical attraction, it’s best to enjoy a few meetups before you jump into anything heavy. There will be plenty of time for this if they are seriously interested.
Pro tip: They might be hard to resist, but it’s best not to risk your safety for a quick fling.
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