Dating is supposed to be fun and carefree, but you have to be honest with yourself. We live in a dangerous world, and it is always smart to be prepared and to know how to keep yourself safe. Although your dates will likely be fine, you don’t want to take any risks. Below are some tips that will help you to stay safe, while you are still having a good time.
Become Sherlock Holmes of the Internet
The Internet is a lot of things both good and bad. One of the best things about the web is that it makes it much easier to learn more about someone you don’t know than you could have in the past. This applies to more than just celebrities. Most people today have a sizeable online footprint, so you can learn more about them through their social media.
Use Google to look them up, as well. It can provide you with some more information about them. It’s better to find out that someone has a criminal record before you go out on a date with them.
Make Sure Your Phone Battery Is Charged
If you are like a lot of people, you sometimes forget to charge your phone. It’s important to double-check that you have a full charge before you head out on your date, though. You need to be sure you can get in contact with someone or help if you need it. Having a fully charged phone is good practice regardless of where you go or who you go with.
Let Friends and Family Know the Details of the Date
Always know what you will be doing on the date before you go, and don’t veer from that plan. If your date says you will be meeting at a restaurant for dinner, but they change the plans at the last minute, you will want to rethink going with them. This is especially true if it is on your first date or one of your early dates.
Make sure that you let your loved ones know where you will be going, when you are going, and all of the other important details. Tell them that you will call or text them when you get home safely, as well. If you don’t, they’ll know something is wrong and can get in contact with you.
You could also have a friend call partway through your date and have a code word you can use if you want or need to get out.
Meet in a Public Place
Never meet someone you don’t know or barely know at your place or their place. Don’t go to any secluded or private areas either. While it might sound paranoid, you don’t want to take that kind of risk. Always meet in a public area. It’s a safer option.
Have Your Own Way Home
You need to have your own way home for several reasons. First, it gives you a way to get back home if your date isn’t going well. It also means that your date doesn’t know where you live. Your address is not something that you want to give out right away.
If You Don’t Feel Comfortable Leave
This might feel awkward, but that’s okay. If you are not comfortable for any reason during your date, you don’t owe it to the other person to stick it out. Just leave. You can make an excuse to leave, or you can just leave. Their feelings are less important than your sense of security.
These are some of the most important things that you’ll want to keep in mind when dating. Talk with your friends and family to see if they have some other ideas that will help to keep you safe when you are going out with someone.