I had no idea that this holiday existed--but apparently it's today and it couldn't have come at a better time for me!

Today is National Plan for Vacation Day and well, I've got a vacation coming up in ten days. The anticipation for vacation is always a solid twenty on the ten-scale. Growing up, my family didn't take many vacations so as I've gotten older I've promised myself that hard work would call for some "treat yourself time".

Next Friday I'm off to Phoenix, Arizona to visit some of my very best friends, enjoy a couple of concerts, and soak up the sun (not to brag, but it's going to be 85 degrees and sunny while I'm there).

Here's the dilemma-- I always forget something to take with me, or leave something behind on my way home. It never fails. A friend of mine is also traveling that weekend and he's already made a packing list...of exactly what he'll be wearing and bringing. I won't pack until the night before I fly out. I know, I'm the worst.

So, in honor of National Plan for Vacation Day-- what are your tips and tricks? How do you PLAN for your travel?