Beach season is around the corner, but there's one item you might want to leave at home on your next Caribbean vacation: Camouflage. Believe it or not, the popular print (in any color) is outlawed in over a dozen island nations like Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados. Perpetrators face fines of up to $2,000 and the somewhat invasive punishment of handing over said clothing to the proper authorities.

The prohibition, strange as it may sound, is based in a historical logic. Federal governments in these island nations have determined that, to avoid confusion (and possible uprisings or terrorist activity) camouflage print is reserved solely for law enforcement and standing armies. In this way, it is easy to identify authority while avoiding potential conflict.

Though the law is well-established in the islands, it can be a confusing one for visitors who are technically breaking the law just stepping onshore in the wrong pattern. This law also extends to swimwear and accessories, so leave your camo-print bikini and fanny pack at home, and opt for a different design instead.

The more you know, the better you'll go. You can thank us later.

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