One thing I've learned over the years of traveling is to be prepared before departing. I just got finished printing a travel package: air itinerary, boarding pass for the first leg of the trip, hotel reservations (four of them), maps to the hotel from the airport (three of them, since I'm staying in one hotel twice), car rental reservations (three of those), and directions to the faire. I don't have to refer to a lot of those very often, but it's a lot better to have them than not.
I've done most of the packing, though a few items will have to be packed tomorrow morning just before departure. It'll be good to get back home when it's done, though.