When traveling, I like to have a real travel alarm clock nearby – not an iPhone or a digital watch. I usually bring a travel alarm clock with me on my trips. Why? I like the reliability of my own clock; I would rather not worry about not setting the hotel’s travel alarm clock correctly and missing my flight or meeting.
Do you remember the days of calling the hotel’s front desk and asking for a wake up call at a certain time? For better or for worse, those days are long gone! Depending on what type of travel alarm clock you’re looking for, there many choices.
What makes a clock the best travel clock?
- Easy to pack
- Simple to set the time and alarm
- Easy to see the time
Simply, it’s one that you will want to use as much as home as you do on the road. It will become part of your morning routine.
Best Digital Travel Alarm Clock
This clock is often unavailable on Amazon but it’s our favorite. For our family, it’s the best alarm clock, hands down. It’s the Westclox NYL47538 LCD Digital Bedside Alarm Clock. Through the years, we have purchased four of these because we love them so much. My kids also use them, and even bring them on vacations and sleepovers. It’s technically a “bedside” and not a “travel” clock, but it packs easily and is light.
This is a simple clock. What we love best is the big button to light the screen. It’s great to check the time in the middle of the night. The numbers are large. It’s very easy to set the time and the alarm. We like sleeping in total darkness and like that this clock doesn’t illuminate in any way unless you press the Light button.
Some many not like that it doesn’t fold; however, when we’ve had folding alarm clocks in the past, they’ve often broke. We’ve dropped the Westclox, and it was fine.
The Westclox measures 3″W x 3″D x 2.5″H. It has a sturdy base and takes two AAA batteries. It’s a great clock great.
Other digital alarm clocks we like
This Elgin Travel Alarm clock is the best in the category of most basic travel alarm clock. It has a four minute snooze with an indigo backlight. It measures 4” by 5” and requires 1 AA battery for operation.
The Casio Travel Alarm clock comes with a thermometer. It also has a 5 minute snooze and requires 2 AAA batteries. It has a blue backlit face and features the day and date, great for when you’re on the road. If you’re looking for an alarm clock with the date like the Casio, this Sharp travel alarm clock might be just want you want. It has a huge snooze button, backlit. It’s ultra-thin and folds up to be the size of a cell phone. You can get this Seiko “get up and glow” alarm clock. It’s digital. It’s easy to set and easy to operate. The snooze/light button is large. It uses a AAA battery and has the date on the face.
Best Atomic Travel Alarm Clock
The Oregon Scientific atomic travel alarm clock is a little unusual looking – perhaps more modern than most alarm clocks. It has a crescendo alarm that gradually gets louder (in case you’re a sound sleeper). We like the 8-minute snooze. My kids like that you can use the projection setting to continuously project or momentarily project the time onto the ceiling. It’s an atomic clock that automatically updates the time.
This Sony alarm clock automatically updates the time. It has a dual alarm. You can adjust the brightness of the display. It has a radio and measures about 7” by 3.5”.
Seiko, known for superior atomic clocks, comes with a three year warranty and is backed by the Seiko brand. Besides automatically updating the time, the display is clear and the date/day functions are helpful.
Analog Travel Alarm Clocks
Sick of digital products? Just want a good old fashioned analog travel alarm clock? This 3×3” folds-into-a-box analog alarm clock is your best bet.
It’s worth getting a travel clock. You will use it for quick overnight trips. My one son even brings his Westclok into the living room each day to manage our time before school. You will probably use it much more often than you expect.
It isn’t expensive to invest in a decent travel alarm clock, and the peace of mind you will have knowing you will be able to wake up on time is worth it. You will probably sleep better too!