Going on a first date can be nerve-wracking. While you want to make a good impression, you also have to be careful that you don’t come on too strong or look desperate. If you want to score a second date with the woman of your dreams, it helps to come prepared. Make your first date a success with the help of the following tips.

Plan the details well

Before you start planning, ask your date when they are free to meet. Then, based on how well you know your date, try to consider some fun activities to do together. Is she the type of person who likes going on an adventure? Does she love watching movies? What is her favorite food? If you know the answers to these questions, it should be easy to plan out the activities as well as the venue of the date. Once plans have been finalized, make sure to ask your date if they agree with the time and location.

Research some talking points in advance

A couple of days before the actual date, research interesting conversation topics to use. This will help avoid awkward silences and keep the conversation going. Recall some funny and interesting stories to share. Also think of some open ended questions to ask.  This is a great way to learn more about your date’s personal life and future plans. Some examples of general questions can include their favorite hobbies, their passion, long term or short term goals and a lot more.

Spend some time exercising

Looking your best should be one of your top priorities if you want to make a good impression. Physical activity and working out can increase confidence and help you feel better about yourself.  It doesn’t always mean hitting the gym. Taking long walks or spending at least 30 minutes each day to jog or run will do.

Get plenty of sleep

Getting plenty of sleep will make you look fresh and radiant as it reduces the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. Make it a point to get 8 hours of sleep the night before your date. A good night’s sleep will not only make you look good,it will also help you feel better, energized and confident on the morning of your date.

Clean your car

If you plan to pick your date up, make sure that your car is clean and presentable. Clean it inside and out. Throw away any garbage and vacuum the interiors to get rid of dust and dirt as well as any unwanted odor. Use a car freshener to keep it smelling fresh and clean.

Pick an outfit that makes you feel confident

When selecting an outfit, make sure to pick the one that is appropriate for the activity and venue. If you are going to a fine dining restaurant, then go  formal. If you are going to a movie or having a casual coffee date, wear casual yet stylish clothes. The important thing is that you are confident with what you’re wearing. It is also a good idea to have a couple of clothing options to  choose from and the one that fits you best.

Do not apply too much cologne or aftershave

Apply a light scent  before leaving for an added boost of confidence. However, make sure not to overdo it as the smell might overpower your date. She might also be allergic to strong scents so be sure to use sparingly.

Prepping for a first date is not as difficult as it seems when following these tips. Take note of these helpful points and you’re on your way to a successful date night!