1. Type up a list of the things you need to do before leaving on a vacation (stop newspaper, call kennel, turn on light timer, etc.) Print the list each time you go on a trip and check off items as you accomplish them.
  2. Type up a list of the things you normally take on a vacation.  Print the list each time and add any additional items for this specific vacation, or keep a laminated copy of the list in your suitcase.
  3. Keep a folder marked “vacation” in the personal section of your files.  File away destination ideas, restaurants you have heard about in the area, money saving websites, books you want to read while you’re on the beach and anything else that comes to mind.  When it comes time to plan your trip, all the information is at hand.
  4. Make a copy of the cards in your wallet, and be sure to include both front and back of credit cards.  If you should lose your wallet, you’ll have a complete list of important accounts to notify and items to replace.  Keep the copies in a safe place at home or with a trusted person should you need the information while away.
  5. Go with the flow and just enjoy yourself.  I recently spent a night in a B&B straight out of the Twilight Zone.  In a nutshell the bed was sparse and musty; the walls were covered in paintings of aliens (really!) and our breakfast was stale bread with a fruit cup and coffee.  We chose to laugh and enjoy the absurdity. That’s what vacations are for!
  6. Schedule a day of rest between vacation and work.  You’ll be glad you had time to catch up and make the mental switch.