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“When friends come to me for advice about a dilemma or event in their life, I always say, 'let’s make a list',” confesses Rory Tahari,” creative director and vice chair of the Elie Tahari fashion house.

Rory has parlayed her penchant for organization into a book called Lists for Life: The Essential Guide to Getting Organized and Tackling Tough To-Dos. In this helpful read, thinking is optional; just check off what needs to be done for every eventuality.

The travel section helps you navigate through the pre-trip count-down (alert your credit card companies you'll be traveling) to tying-up lose ends post trip (book a massage!). She even has “To Do” lists for what to pack for an 18 month old or in your own small purse, if that's your only carry-on. Included in the chapter is a directory of travel web sites, one of which is the essential TravelandLeisure.com.

So rest easy, Rory has done all the thinking for you: read list, do, check off. Now if only the plane would take off on time…

Mimi Lombardo is the fashion director at Travel + Leisure.