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.