Shitaku

支度 [したく] – preparation; arrangements

  • 支 [シ・ささえる] – support; sustain; branch
  • 度 [ド・タク] – degree; occurrence; time

New students of Japanese may confuse this word (audibly, not in writing) with したく(ない) – to (not) want to do (something).  They sound identical, so care must be taken to listen to everything in context.