Whenever you feel the urge to notify your colleagues about your upcoming time away from the desk, please indulge.
Just note, what you're sending is usually not an "Advanced out of office notice". As it turns out, no special skills what so ever are required to send such a notice. What you really want to send is an "Advance out of office notice". Advance, as in before-something-goes-down. Not advanced, as in not-for-the-noob.
That said, if you manage to invent an advanced way of sending an advance out of office notice, please copy me. I'd love to see it.
Just another handy tip from your helpful e-mail buddy.