The first deployment is always the hardest one. You and your family do not know what to expect or how to prepare. By the second deployment, you will have a list of things that you wish you have done the first time around so you will be better prepared the next time. As families stress and worry about their service member deploying to a foreign country, they tend to forget that they themselves need to prepare as well. How are you going to communicate with your service member, do you have an international phone plan? What is your plan if there is an emergency and you need to contact your service member and do you have the phone numbers necessary to send a red cross message? How are you going to combat the loneliness and boredom? Do you know how and when to send a care package? These are some of the things you have to prepare for on the home-front. As a soldier, your unit will help you prepare in the sense that you will have a packing list and a rough idea of what to expect but make sure you keep your family in mind during this process; at a minimum, POAs and wills should be drawn up and your important documents should be given to someone you trust or put in a safe locations such as a safe deposit box. Having a plan is important when you prepare for a deployment, especially when it comes to making sure you and your family are taken care of. Below is a pre-deployment checklist of the important things to keep in mind when you are preparing for a deployment. We are here to help you prepare for your first and future deployments so you have one less thing to worry about!