I have a Gitzo GT3541LS tripod, and I am having a tough time figuring out how to travel with it.http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/567550-REG/Gitzo_GT3541LS_GT3541LS_Systematic_6X_Carbon.html
I have a Pelican case for both my computer and camera that I can carry on to the plane (two small Pelican cases merged into one bigger one due to the carry on restriction), but now I am looking for another Pelican case that could fit a tripod, clothes, and bathroom bag...and possibly a small tent. My backpack does this, but only because I was able to strap the tripod in the thin bag to the outside of the backpack.
The Pelican 1514 case was just about 2 inches too short to hold the tripod without the head on it.http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/682483-REG/Gitzo_GS3300_Series_3_Leg_Section.html
Sacrificing one section might be 'extreme' (and would save a little weight), but it might fit. I would then use the existing camera case (pelican 1450) to carry the 300 f/4, clothes and nylon part of the tent. That might work...
The other possibility is to get this case:http://pelican.com/cases_detail_single_lid.php?Case=CL2406-0303
and carry the tripod and small ball head, tent poles, clothes, and nylon tent in there.
The third option is the non-airplane best solution. If I got the Pelican 1700, it would be the right size for truck and car trips, and allow me to keep the Whimberly head on the tripod.http://pelican.com/cases_detail.php?Case=1700
Or maybe there is some other backpack that it might fit in that I could use to go hiking/camping?
I have been know to wear multiple layers of clothes through security to save weight. The TSA loves me...