To Tan or not to Tan. A lot of young women want to have that
sun-bronzed glow for Prom. Since tanning beds and booths are extremely harmful to your skin (and can result in accidental
overexposure, giving you a lobster look) you should avoid them at all costs. Try a sunless tanning lotion or bronzer instead, but
use it a day or two before Prom so that you can adjust your results and catch any potential missed spots that could be embarrassing if noticed on the big night.
Make your plans well in advance. Have your transportation taken
care of, flowers ordered, and the people you are sitting with chosen as early as possible. Make a list of these items and call the
day before the event to confirm the orders have been processed and that everything is on schedule. You should also plan for
potential disasters. For instance, have a back-up car lined-up in the event your limo doesnít show up, and have a game plan
prepared to handle other unexpected difficulties. If you know what youíll do in case of a problem, you wonít have a reason to
panic or get upset. You can simply go with ďplan BĒ. So, think through every possible scenario and decide what youíll do if the
worst happens. Then, if something does go wrong, you can impress everyone with your ability to be graceful under pressure. Once you
know all the Iís are dotted and the Tís are crossed, you can focus on your date, your friends, and simply having a great evening.
Making Memories. Donít bring your dadís expensive camera to prom
with you. You could break it or lose it, and youíll have to lug it around all night and worry about whether itís safe. Pick up a
small disposable camera that you can stash in your purse. Itís perfect for these occasions and will let you take some fun candid
shots of your friends and their dates throughout the night, and you wonít have to worry if it gets lost. The really important
pictures from prom will be handled by a professional photographer anyway.
Finally, hereís a list of things you should plan to have with you on prom night, just to
be on the safe side:
A lipstick and a powder compact Ė For quick touch-ups of your
make-up finish when needed.
Breath mints Ė For obvious reasons. NOT gum. Chewing gum at a
formal function is as inappropriate as going naked to Sunday dinner.
A cell phone Ė In case you need to call for help in an unforeseen
emergency. Be sure to leave the phone turned off except when youíre using it. The phone is there in case itís needed, not so friends
(or family) can call in for a play-by-play. If you donít have a cell phone, be sure to bring change for a pay phone. Thereís never
a guarantee that youíll have access to a non-toll phone.
Cab fare Ė Sometimes even the best-laid plans can go awry, and you
donít want to find yourself in a situation where youíre trapped in a place you are comfortable. A young woman should never be in a
position where she feels she has to put up with inappropriate or unsafe behavior (such as a date intending to drink and drive) just
because she has no other way to get home.
An umbrella Ė If it isnít raining you can leave it in the car,
but if it does rain youíll be really happy that you have it.
Your Prom Night is something youíll remember for a long, long time. The important thing is
to try and make sure that the memories you have of the evening are great ones. All it takes is a little advanced planning, and some
smart choices and youíll make your special night as wonderful and stress-free as you possibly can.