Even if your phone alarm clock performs reliably, the newest Electrohome EEAC 475 USB Alarm Clock Radio may earn a place in your luggage.

What I like: 1.2-inch blue LED display with four dimming modes and an option to view just the time, or cycle through the time, year, month/day and indoor temperature; nifty 180-degree swivel projection function that beams the time in bright red onto the wall or ceiling (the projection function can be turned off); built-in USB port to charge your smart phone without needing an additional outlet; 3.5 mm audio input jack to listen to music from your phone through the clock radio's speakers; included replaceable 3v lithium battery power back-up (time, date and alarm settings will automatically be restored after power loss). At 7.5 inches by 3.1 inches by 3 inches deep, it's not the tiniest take-along, but weighs just 1.25 pounds.

Electrohome USB Alarm Clock Radio with swivel projection (EEAC475) is $35 at www.electrohome.com.