The world has changed since the last time it revolved around the sun. We are now beginning to see the massive trickle-down effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies, such as car manufacturers, have been hit hardest by the crisis. But even holidays like Valentine’s Day are not the same.
Holiday creativity is the new normal. So it’s no surprise that as Valentine’s Day approaches, you’re looking for ideas to make this year’s holiday even more special.
Fortunately, we have a safe and socially acceptable solution for Valentine’s Day. All you need is your car and a few useful items from home.
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Illustration of a 1935 cut-out Valentine’s Day card with a boy driving a car | Getty
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The New York Times described how some couples met in separate cars in the early days of the pandemic. However, we are able to arrange an unforgettable Valentine’s Day ride with your loved one.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many of the romantic activities we used to do on Valentine’s Day. It is no longer safe to go to a five-star restaurant, book a luxurious hotel room or attend a romantic movie.
No, we definitely need to change the way we enjoy our time together. Enter the date concept of the vehicle.
You can quickly turn your car into a meeting place. All you need are a few practical accessories, an attitude and the right partner. Think of your new evening as an adventure, and almost anything can be turned into a romantic getaway.
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Valentine’s Day will probably look like any other day. Sitting inside with each other and our cat. Couples are trying to figure out how to celebrate the 14th. February can be celebrated. https://t.co/zOVvwnfPS8.
– Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) 10. February 2021
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Now that you know what a car date is, you need the right equipment to set the scene. You probably have most things on hand, especially if you’ve been working from home for a while.
Let’s look at the basics first. Every date with a car needs a good meal to get it going. So you need a few practical things to make your dining experience as enjoyable as possible.
To avoid paying too much for drinks in expensive restaurants, it is best to bring your own drinks for the evening. If you want to go crazy, grab some virgin cocktail ingredients and make a thermos full of delicious cocktails for the night. Nothing is more fashionable than a glass of boogie in your hand.
Creating a restaurant atmosphere
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You must bring your own plates, wipes and wet wipes. Depending on where you go, plastic utensils are either unpackaged and therefore somewhat unsanitary, or just plain boring to use. You don’t want to cut your steak with a plastic butter knife, do you? So it is essential to bring silverware from home.
Also, bring tissues and wet wipes, as many restaurants forget to offer takeout.
The last item on your list is the round table. You know those laptop tables sold in stores or bookstores so students can do their computer work in their dorm rooms? Turns out it’s also the perfect set for your Valentine’s Day ride.
This creates a miniature table for you and your partner to sit at, making mealtimes much more comfortable.
The driver can slide the seat back to create extra space to leave the steering wheel free. Of course it helps if you have a very spacious car.
Trust us, you can’t go wrong with this setup.
How to make your vehicle date even better
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Now that you have everything you need, there are a few more steps you can take to get you and your partner in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Of course, good food and all the practical things you need are great. But you want to plan the evening so that Valentine’s Day is perfect.
Music is always important when it comes to creating the perfect date. That’s why we suggest you create a special playlist for your dinner party. Newer car models with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto make the experience even easier.
Another way to create the perfect romantic evening is to use a soothing scent or mood lighting. You can do this by purchasing a new air freshener for your car or by putting battery operated tea lights on your dashboard while you eat.
Just make sure the smell is not too strong. Something light and refreshing is the best way to go. And if you really want to go out, consider hanging battery-powered lights in the back seat that can be turned on while you eat to create the perfect mood lighting.
Make your Valentine’s Day 2021 a first you won’t soon forget.
A couple kissing in a vintage car | Photo: Christopher Pillitz/Getty Images
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Last year went down in the history books, and not always in a good way. Yet there are bright spots, even if you have to create them yourself. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make the most of the time you have.
Will a car date change the world or end a pandemic? No. But it will help you create memories that you can carry with you through this difficult time until we see better days again.