Stretch your dollar traveling by leaving these items home

In this July 12, 2016, photo, Delta Air Lines employee Helen Evans places an RFID-enabled baggage tag on a passenger's checked bag at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum, Md. Delta Air Lines is rolling out new technology to better track bags throughout its system. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH/CNN) — We are coming up on one of the busiest travel days of the year and you can save yourself a little bit of money if you pack lighter. The lighter the better when it comes to travel. If you’re planning to go somewhere for the holidays or anytime for that matter – we’ve got your back with where you may be able to make some cuts.

Much of what you pack in suitcases you don’t need.

Skip the books and magazines. It weighs down your bag. Instead bring your iPad or Kindle. Don’t have one? Maybe it’s time to invest in slim lightweight electronics. But you don’t need to bring your entire home office with you on vacation. It will be distracting.

Instead, limit yourself to two devices. Keep your expensive accessories, like jewelry, at home. You could lose something or at worst perhaps have it stolen.

When thinking about your wardrobe, consider: Do you need a different outfit every day?

This is the quickest way to run out of room in your luggage. The folks at smarter travel dot com suggest that if it’s a short trip, bring just three tops and three bottoms that are practical, comfortable and can be mixed and matched.

You can always do a load of laundry on the road or even hand wash some items and instead of bringing an entire bag of toiletries, bank on getting free stuff from the hotel like shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion. Many hotels also supply toothbrushes, razors, mouthwash and other items but you have to call the front desk and ask. Another old trick that works: wear some of your heavier items, jeans, sneakers or you coat. They can’t charge extra if it’s on your person rather than in the suitcase.

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