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Despite thousands of TV sitcoms and romantic comedies about dating, our species still knows very little about how to properly woo one other. Specifically, a great many don't know how to behave on a date, or even how to prepare for one. You might find it extremely helpful, then, that some people who have had at least one successful romance took to Reddit to explain what's absolutely crucial to do on a date.​

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1. In a perfect world, those shouldn't be "forgotten," beharambehappy.

Clean the forgotten places. Ears, nose, feet, bellybutton.

2. Scutterbum's plan allows for both romance and extra eating: always a recipe for success.

Make it a short date. For example go to a cafe. If it's not going well, it will end naturally after the coffee & croissant. If it's going well, go for a stroll and find something to eat and turn it into a proper date. Saves awkwardness and money if you date a lot.

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3. And with this plan, tm1087, you can probably also score a sandwich.

When I was single, I often did lunch dates. No one feels stressed out about lunch and if it goes bad it was just lunch and you get back to work.

If it goes great, it was just an hour and get back to work. You'll feel rejuvenated and the rest of the day will be better.

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4. Early and often, per Octob2016.

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Wipe your ass even if you didn't just use the restroom.

5. TheRealSilverBlade says it's not a contest.

Don't talk about any of your exes. Even if your date brings it up, try to work around it.

6. Xstasy14 says it is a contest.

Always find something active to do, competition doesn't hurt. An arcade is a good spot even if youre older.

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7. Question everything, says Arch_Stanton_.

Ask about her life more than you talk about yours.

8. No way is DeezGingyNutz telling the truth, but go ahead, raise a stink.

I've farted on every date, and been told every time how brave it was to do so. If a girl if scared off by that, she's not a keeper.

9. SKNE, really? You have to tell guys this?

Brush teeth. Floss. Stand in front of mirror and groom. Pluck those two inch stay hairs on your ears.

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10. SurfingNinjas is apparently not the kind of person who stays winded hours after a run, so good on them.

Go for a quick run or get in a weight lifting session earlier in the day. It always boosts my confidence and at the end of the day even if the date goes poorly at least I did something to better my overall health.

11. Storm_Shadow8452 recommends following a simple, very loaded acronym.

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Don't talk about RAPE. Religion Abortion Politics Economics. Unless you're both comfortable in the topics leading up to those points. This can mostly be applied to meeting their parents as well.

12. User lady_speedstick is some kind of millionaire or something who owns multiple towels.

Have clean towels on hand in case they sleep over and want to shower in the morning. Basically do not own only one towel.

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13. Madkeepz says just to let the magic happen. If the magic is supposed to happen.

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Don't set your mind to "try to hook up", but rather "go out and have a blast with this girl/dude". If shit's gonna happen, it will happen on it's own

14. User epiphone_fan1 recommends clean sheets, which is something you should probably have already.

Clean your apartment, fresh sheets on the bed. If you end up bringing your date home, you want them to be comfortable, perhaps even impressed at how well you have your shit together

15. What is this, FrankiesOnVacation, a job interview or a date?

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Get good rest!! Eat well that day and stay hydrated. Having low energy for a date is faux pas at best, and a turn off at worst.

Bring mints, a condom, and 50% more money than you'd expect to spend. Don't spend it, just have it.

Wear nice, clean shoes.

Get a nice haircut, trim your face and shave your balls. Don't use the same razor. Or do, whatever.

Chat her up like shes your friend. You're already on a date, you don't have to be super impressive, just comfortable and attractive. Sprinkle in some more intimate jokes or innuendo so she knows you're still into it. Get to know her sense of humor and abuse that knowledge.

Be yourself. Don't be a puppet, or a character. You won't make it past 3 months doing that, it gets tiring fast.

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