I have one deck of souvenir playing cards– the colorful, glossy blue and yellow pattern of my deck caught my eye at a little shop in Lisbon, Portugal. While I love my little deck of Portuguese playing cards, I never gave much thought to what a perfect travel souvenir they are.
Playing cards are small and lightweight, but sturdy– easy to pack yet tough enough to withstand being knocked around in a suitcase or backpack. They are also cheap and easy to find, making them accessible to anyone. When you consider that playing cards can be put to use right away during your travels as well as back home (a game of solitaire on a long train ride can be a welcome respite from a smart tablet), I can’t believe I haven’t picked up more decks of cards on my travels.
At least that was my thought when I saw fellow travel writer Charles McCool’s collection of souvenir decks of playing cards. We asked Charles to share his souvenir card collection with us.
Charles McCool’s Souvenir Decks of Playing Cards from Around the World
How many packs do you have?
I now have about four dozen souvenir decks of cards.