When you have to uproot yourself to travel for work on the regular, it can be tough to feel grounded. Every slight variant of a hotel room makes you feel more and more detached from any form of stability. Not only that, but it’s hard to keep track of when you are in the world. We bring clothes and toiletries with us when we’re on the road which give us some form of familiarity, but the more you travel, the more you start knowing exactly what items you’d prefer to have handy so you can feel more at home wherever you are.
Some people bring portable french presses with them to avoid drinking “swill”, and others like having gadgets that bring a sense of normalcy to their travels, like this Projection Alarm Clock. This was meant to be taken on the road since it can fold down to 4.5 x 0.94 x 3” when closed. It can charge your smartphone, and projects the time onto the ceiling or wall in a bright red light. While it may not do much, the constant of a red light against the wall or ceiling being one of the first things you see when you wake up will at least let you know that you’re in a somewhat familiar place.
You will need 3 AAA batteries to make this work, and it comes with an optional micro-USB cable so you can use the backlight and projection constantly if you’d like. The LCD display will show you the full information for the date and time, while the projection will only give you the digits of the present time. The projection arm can be angled 90 degrees, and you’ll have backlighting options of bright, dim, or off when it is being powered through the micro USB cable. This $26 device will give you some measure of commonality on the go.
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