Many people these days find themselves living in two or more places, for a variety of reasons. Some are climate-seekers (or climate-avoiders), some go to certain places to work during peak season, some work in one place and have family in another. The list is potentially very long of the reasons to call more than one place home.
These days, with cheaper easier and better ways to build up your wardrobe than ever, it makes more and more sense to have your wardrobe waiting for you at your destination.
Travelling With A Full Wardrobe Is Horrible:
All those clothes on a plane are a) heavy as anything to get around b) potentially very expensive these days with skyrocketing baggage charges c) it’s a potential red flag that could trigger secondary inspections at airports, thereby compounding your travel misery.
For most people, for cost reasons alone, this option is absolutely out of the picture. And even if it’s possible, it’s probably not the right option for most, unless you are incredibly wealthy, and at that point, you may as well bring your furniture along as well!
Capsule Wardrobes Are Too Limiting:
Capsule wardrobes, for those who may not be familiar with the term, are just small wardrobes, small enough to pack easily, that you can take with you anywhere and everywhere, and simplify your life. If you’ve been living out of a suitcase, you have a de facto capsule wardrobe already by most definitions of the term.
The idea of a capsule wardrobe is that you can take it all with you, but the fact of the matter is, you can’t. First off, very cold climates like some in northern Europe or the northern USA or Canada require bulky items that are hard to go in a suitcase, period. And if your other city is somewhere in, say, Florida, these items will do you absolutely no good there.
Besides, there’s always something missing for a capsule wardrobe, and you’re forced to make what usually amounts to a regrettable emergency purchase for some reason or other. Then you wind up not having enough space to pack everything and the cycle starts all over again.
Different Places Require Different Clothes:
Both due to stylistic issues, and climate etc. each place you live in is going to have different wardrobe requirements. Not to mention, the activities you are doing in each place may be very different. Perhaps one place you are working, and need clothes for the sort of work you will be doing. And in another place you are just relaxing so you really need minimal fancy clothes. Also, different places make you FEEL differently, and can put you in the mode for different clothes.
So if you alternate between two or more cities a lot in your typical year, consider keeping a full wardrobe at each of them. The costs often far outweigh the pitfalls.