A Luxury Item is a personal memento brought from home for contestants to alleviate boredom while on location.
Introduced during the first season, castaways were actively encouraged to use their luxury items to help benefit their tribes. Luxury Items became less of an item to feature in favor of contestants talking strategy and after Survivor: The Amazon, they have only featured occasionally.
During Survivor: Redemption Island, Survivor: South Pacific, and Survivor: Blood vs. Water when a player was sent to Redemption Island, they would receive their Luxury Item. Upon a player being eliminated, it became optional for them to leave their item for the reigning champion.
During the third challenge of Survivor: Kaôh Rōng, the tribe that finished first was given a choice of the tribe members' Luxury Items or a set of comfort items. Whatever the winning tribe didn't pick was won by the second placing tribe.