Here’s some advice on traveling with hula hoops:
I travel with a 32″ collapsible attached to my purse with me everywhere. 1st time through the airport I brought cheap mini hoops that could connect into a larger hoop, in case TSA took them. No questions were asked. Then I traveled with my own custom made 32″ collapsible attached to my carry on rolling bag. I had the TSA woman run up to me shouting, Mam, mam! And then she giggled like a little girl asking what it was and I explained it was a hula hoop. It was priceless!
I can store in overhead or under my seat. A cover may protect hoops better, in case they are shoved in and wedged with other baggage in overhead compartments. Hip The Hoopla can make unique stylized coverings for you along with custom hula hoops to your size and needs. And we make big hoop covers for non-collapsible and multiple hoops, too. Please e-mail us at Che@HipTheHoopla.com for sizes, price and shipment.
(Also saw a great little bag on Etsy from Sarah Maccarelli Jordan http://www.etsy.com/listing/103217637/the-hoop-sack-bag-for-collapsible-hula.)
P.S. Check with your airline about their fees. They seem to be charging quite a lot these days and it may be easier to ship UPS or USPS and save yourself the travel hassle. (Though I find having a hoop in an airport makes waiting shorter-because then you won’t have time, lol—and it amuses and entertains others ~