Preparing for your date

So you've been trying out a few possibilities, have updated your profile and put a decent picture up online, now what? You've gone onto the forums and chatted with a few people. There's been a bit of interest and a few cheeky messages, and now it's crunch time - time to actually meet that person from the other side of the screen. You might be getting a little worried about now, especially if you've been off the dating scene for a while - so here's a few quick tips to help you stay safe and still enjoy your time out.

Safety First

First off, there's no reason to let common sense slip past you on your way out the door. From a safety point of view, here are some essentials to bear in mind:

Enjoying Yourself

If it's been a while since you've been out on a date, now's the time to put a bit of thought into how you're going to shine and convince them to line up for a second go. While there's no sure-fire recipe for success, there are a few things you can do to give yourself a boost. All you need is a bit of time, a sense of humour, some basic hygiene and a willingness to listen.