First dates are often nerve-racking, whether it's a blind date or an outing with someone you've known for years. Rather than waiting to the last minute to make dinner reservations or to plan what you are going to wear, create a list of items you need and things you should do before the big night. First dates can be daunting enough without worrying whether you've packed enough breath mints or have enough gas in your vehicle.
• Eat breath mints as needed. If you've been sitting with your mouth closed for a long period of time, such as during a movie or theatrical production, pop a mint post-show to kill the odor-causing bacteria that has accumulated. • Avoid new makeup, hairstyles and clothing ideas before the date. Stick to your normal look so you'll feel confident and self-assured.