One Thing You Should Never Wear When Traveling To The Caribbean

Swimsuit? Check. Evening attire? Check. Camouflage shorts? Nope, not this time. That is one article of clothing you want to leave off your packing list. Believe it or not, wearing garments with camouflage is illegal in 18 countries, including the Philippines, nations in Africa and the Middle East, and nine gorgeous getaways in the Caribbean.


You'll want to steer clear of this fashion statement in Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. The punishment for breaking the rules varies by destination, but you could be refused entry into the country, get asked to leave a public area, have your items confiscated, or receive a fine. Though it's unlikely, you could even get arrested and face jail time. While many travelers don't mind bending the rules a little on vacation, this is one edict you do not want to mess with.

How camouflage could land you in hot water

Throughout the Caribbean, camouflage is reserved for active members of the police or military only. The ban extends beyond your typical green variety, applying to hues across the rainbow, like blue, grey, black, and even pink. And it's not just clothing, either. The rules make it clear that camo accessories are outlawed as well, like shoes, belts, and face masks.


More than just a dress code, this is a strictly enforced law. If you're caught wearing camo in Barbados, for example, authorities can issue you a fine of $2,000, sentence you to one year in jail, or — gulp — both. In Dominica, it's illegal for travelers to even carry items made of camouflage material, so keep that camo purse stowed far away. In Trinidad and Tobago, it's illegal to import or harbor camouflage items, regardless of whether or not you wear them.

Cruises are a bit of a gray area. While you're onboard, it's okay to sport your favorite camouflage attire. Carnival, Princess, and Virgin Voyages make no note of the camo ban on their dress code pages, but Royal Caribbean gently reminds passengers that it's illegal in many destinations. To play it safe, either leave your military-style garb at home or change into something camo-free before your next port excursion.