Even if your cellphone's alarm clock performs reliably, the newest Electrohome EEAC 475 USB Alarm Clock Radio may earn a place in your luggage.
Its 1.2-inch blue LED display has four dimming modes and allows you to view the time (or cycle through the time, year), month/day and indoor temperature. The 180-degree swivel projection function beams the time in bright red onto the wall or ceiling; a USB port can charge your smartphone.
The 3.5-millimeter audio input jack lets you listen to music from your phone using the clock radio's speakers.
Each of the dual alarms, which wake you up to a buzzer or the radio, can be set to go off at the same time every day, only weekends or to skip weekends.
At 7.5 by 3.1 inches by 3 inches deep, this is not the tiniest take-along, but it weighs in at just 1 1/4 pounds.
Info: Electrohome USB Alarm Clock Radio with swivel projection (EEAC475) costs $35.