Whether you are a student, business traveler or holiday maker, if you are going to be away from home during Hanukkah, a travel menorah is the perfect solution. They are small, compact, and often discrete. It is the perfect companion when traveling, or it makes the ideal gift for students and frequent travelers.
Even if you are not religious, the festival of lights simply isn’t the same without lighting the candles. While you can improvise, having a purpose built travel menorah is easy and fun.
Do-it-yourself travel menorah
If you don’t have a travel menorah, and it’s too late to order one for this year, a simple solution is to create one yourself. Here are two easy methods. Or, if you want to make something a bit more permanent, check out these ideas at wikiHow.
Ceramic or glass plate and candles
If you ask at your hotel, they will usually lend you a cake size plate. If you melt the bottom of the candles just enough to make them soft, you can stick them to your plate. Hold each candle carefully in place until the wax dries. Stay close to your candles when they are burning, just in case they fall over. You don’t want to start a fire.
A little aluminum foil solved this problem for me when I was a child. By twisting, folding, and bending, my father created a make-shift, single-use Hanukkah travel menorah. The downside was stability. We all had to walk by gingerly, as even a gentle breeze and our creation would tip over, candles and all.
My favorite travel menorahs
Now that we have a travel menorah, this is no longer a problem. There are many on the market to choose from, but I do have a few favorites. It’s the Magnetic Box Travel Hanukkah Menorah by Laura Cowan.
Magnetic box travel Hanukkah menorah by Laura Cowan
It is compact, portable and self-contained. Colorful anodized aluminum magnetic candle holders won’t get lost. Plus, I have fun rearranging the candle holders each night. The artist, Laura Cowan lives and creates in Israel.
Adi Sidler anodized aluminum pocket Hanukkah menorah
If compact is your top priority, than this pocket travel menorah from artist Adi Sidler is the perfect addition to your holiday collection. The Hebrew on the outside translates to “These candles that we light,” (Opening words to the classic Hanukkah prayer.
Nadav Art anodized aluminum puzzle menorah
Available in 15 different color combinations, this puzzle menorah looks cool on the shelf, or travel bag all year long. Created by Israeli artist Nadav fron anodized aluminum, it is crafted to last a lifetime.
Yair Emanuel wooden travel menorah
Colorful hand painted (and lacquered) Jerusalem scenes make this ideal for decor when not in use. It opens, with brass inserts for the candles. Artist Yair Emanuel lives and works in Israel.
More travel menorahs from Amazon
If you prefer something a bit different, check out one of these from Amazon.