First dates are filled with unknowns: What if you don’t hit it off? What if they’re nothing like you expected? What if they don’t want to share dessert (an immediate red flag)? This is especially true when you’re meeting someone in person for the first time. While finding safe first date ideas for your Tinder match may feel like it adds a level of awkwardness to an already awkward situation, it’s important to prioritize your safety first and foremost.
There are plenty of precautions you can take before you even meet up for the first time. Experts say it’s best not to give away too much personal information (i.e. your full name, your exact address, your social security number and bank routing number) while initially getting to know someone via dating app. No need to disguise yourself entirely (It’s kind of necessary for the other person to know what you look like). But maybe wait until you’ve been a few dates before adding them on Facebook or letting them know your apartment number.
Though it may seem like overkill, it is unfortunately necessary to keep your guard up a little. (Anyone with internet access and a mother has likely heard the dating app horror stories.) Just be smart: let a friend know where you’re going to be, meet in a public place, and drive yourself to/from the date. Maybe familiarize yourself with Apple’s emergency SOS call feature or download one of these safe dating apps.
And if you’re worried about having to come up with a clever first date idea on top of all of that? Have no fear. Here are nine safe first date ideas for you and person you swiped right on.