As a photographer that does a lot of non-profit work internationally, I have always been on the look out for traveling with my gear in the safest yet most affordable way. Typically, my cameras, lenses and lighting equipment (strobes and powerpacks) travel with me as carry-ons in two Pelican 1514 cases. As for my grip gear, well, I was mostly limited to what I could throw into my checked bag with my clothes, which typically would be one Manfrotto Magic Arm, a Photek Softlighter and a small softbox or other miniature modifier. I have never really been able to find a hard case that is under $500 to carry a real light stand or any large modifiers with me, which can really hold me back when I am out shooting in the field, so naturally I had to search for other alternatives.
In the search for large hardcases I only had 3 criteria: (1) It had to have holes for me to put TSA locks in to secure the gear it would contain (2) It must have roller wheels, and I dont care what kind or what size, as long as it has something (3) It must fall within the standard airline checked baggage specifications for most major airline companies, i.e. I dont want to pay extra for a bag being too long or too wide.
After a few days of searching I found the perfect answer to my solution, Plano Golf Guard Standard Case. It was perfect. It met all of my criteria and it was only $49.99! How's that for moving gear on a budget? Here is what I pack it with when I am on the go, but there is a lot of space in this thing and you can arrange whatever you'd like in this puppy.
INSIDE THE SOFT CAMERA CASE
Like I said, there is so much more that you can store in this thing as well, but the gear I listed above is what meets my needs and all I really need grip-wise to get the job done while abroad. One last thing, to close. To reinforce the case before I get it to the airport, I tightly wrap some good ol' strapping tape around the top and bottom to protect the latches from the abuse I know the airline workers put our bags through while loading and unloading. I have yet to have any issues with this case and am so stoked to have found such an affordable way to fly with my big boy gear! Enjoy! via www.CoreyMelton.com