Arrange to pay premiums
Think about how to pay your premiums or renew your policy while you’re deployed. You might be able to pay your premiums automatically from your bank account or renew your policy early. If you let your policy expire or you don't pay on time, you may have trouble getting a new policy or have to pay a higher rate.
Check coverage for personal items
If you have a homeowners or renters policy, ask your agent if the personal items you take on your deployment will be covered if they're lost, stolen, or damaged. The military usually doesn't pay to repair or replace property that’s damaged or stolen in military housing or in a war zone. Homeowners insurance typically covers personal property that you take with you while traveling, but most policies don't pay for damage in a war zone.
Protect your home
Many homeowners policies don’t cover damage to your home if it’s vacant for a certain amount of time (typically 60 days). Ask your insurance company or agent how the company defines vacancy and if it will pay claims on a vacant house. Also ask if the company offers coverage for a home that’s vacant for an extended period of time.
Evaluate life insurance needs
Active duty military personnel, including reservists and National Guard members called to active duty, are automatically insured for $400,000. If you decide that you need more life insurance, compare policies and get price quotes from several companies. The Department of Veterans Affairs has a life insurance needs calculation tool and information on plans.
Change your auto coverage
Talk to your agent about your auto insurance if nobody will be driving your car while you’re gone or you’re leaving it in someone else's care. You might be able to drop some coverages to save money.