I tried an experiment the other day to see if three of the B&H Photo Impact 8′ Air cushioned light stands would fit in a rifle case I had. The case is a Plano Model 1502, that I feel like I paid about $20 for at Dick’s Sporting Goods a few years ago. The three stands, two 32″ umbrellas, one 40″ umbrella, and 3 umbrella brackets with flash shoes fit pretty well. I did try putting a larger Photoflex stand in there, but it was too wide, making it impossible to close the case.
This may be a good option for traveling with light stands if you are throwing them in the back of a car with a lot of other equipment. For the most part, when I travel locally with stands, I end up just throwing them in a bag that came with a folding chair. Just thought I’d share this in case there was anyone out there googling around to see if someones tried this yet.