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How to Plan the Perfect First Date: Hiking through the Woods

Written by Sally K, Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 in Dating Columns, Featured, Sex & Dating

First dates are usually awkward. What does she like to do? Where do you take her? Are you talking too much or not enough? These things can be stressful for a guy simply trying to impress a girl. However, a fantastic way to alleviate some of this stress and awkwardness is to take your love interest on a hiking date.

Why A Hiking Date?

You can shape a hiking date as you progress which helps take away some of the awkwardness of a first date. Walking side by side also removes the pressure to maintain the right amount of eye contact and if you don’t have a lot to talk about, you can both become mindful of your surroundings. However, if you’re having an engaging conversation, you can find a spot to sit down and talk. Hiking dates are creative, unique, and personal. It’s different from the typical dinner and a movie, so she’ll find it more romantic. Hiking is free and good for your wallet, without making you look cheap. You won’t have to spend money on someone you may not even get along with!

What to Plan

  • Pick a location that has an easy to moderate hiking path, especially if you do not know your partner’s physical level. An easier hike will also allow you to talk more and will prevent you from becoming sweaty and gross. Try to pick a location that also has a beautiful view in case you do want to sit down and enjoy a nice chat.
  • Bring snacks or a picnic. You can pack a home cooked meal and some wine, champagne, or chocolate covered strawberries to add an element of romance. Find that perfect view and enjoy it with a nice meal.
  • If you have some extra time, hide something along the trail the day before. Place a guitar behind a rock and serenade her with a song, or write a message with stones or flowers on your planned route.

What to Wear

It’s a date, so you want to look handsome and masculine at the same time, while showing off the fact that you know how to hike. You don’t want to look like a fisherman or ranger while you’re trying to win someone’s affection. The key is stylish with a comfortable look. You want to look like you’re not even trying hard to look good. Wear some moisture wicking clothing that will help you keep cool and prevent you from sweating on the hike. Wear some fashionable hiking boots and break out the shades if it’s warm. If it’s colder, reach for the beanie to add a stylish manly look.

Extra Tips

Be sure you plan enough time for your date. If you want to have a picnic, check the time the sun sets so that you can see a beautiful sunset while you enjoy your meal. You also don’t want to come back in the dark, so be sure you have plenty of time to return home. Don’t keep her out too late as the longer you’re out, the more chances you will have for awkwardness. A first date should be just long enough to let you get to know each other. Other than that, have fun and simply be you.

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