So, here are some things to keep in mind before going on an online date:
1. Stalk the person online
Do a background check on the other person before meeting them. Sometimes all information mentioned on an online profile might not be real. Make sure you are going out with a genuine person.

2. Keep your friends in the loop
Safety matters. Keep your friends posted about the person you are meeting and the place you are going to. If the date does not go as planned your friend/s can always show up and save the day. 

3. Choose the right place for your date
It's better to be safe and choose a public sphere. When you are meeting a person for the first time, it's always mysterious. So be on the safer side and meet the person in a cafe or a restaurant.

4. Have realistic expectations
Be genuine with your date. Be honest and open about your intentions with him or her. If you are not looking for a serious relationship, then be straightforward and tell them that.

5. Have an escape plan
It is always good to have a backup plan. If your date is boring or not like you expected him/her to be like, then always have a backup plan in mind. But, keep the reason realistic. You can also call a friend over to get you out of there.

If your date starts on a good note, then have fun and be yourselves. Be calm and take it easy. You got this!