Recently I've been playing with the Chris Hendricks Band and we've been doing a series of fly dates. For these gigs I've been carrying a compact set up which includes a tiny kick drum, and my Ludwig Acrolite snare drum. I am able to fit the kick, stands, and kick pedal (along with my sticks and percussion) in my suitcase and the snare drum goes in a soft case. Packing this way allows me to carry both items on the plane, so I don't have to worry about baggage fees, or worry that my gear might not make it to the final destination.
Below are pictures of the kick drum set up I'm using. It's comprised of a Pearl PPS-20 Cowbell Foot Bracket and a Pearl TomBourine which I've modified by removing almost all of the jingles, and changing the head to a Remo pinstripe. I also use a Promark Kick Rod in lieu of a regular bass drum beater. The trick to making this all work is making sure you can mic the kick. It doesn't matter what mic you use - a SM-57 works fine - just be sure to roll off the high end (so you get less jingle) and you'll hear through the sound system a nice wonderful low note that you can shape (via EQ) to make it sound more like a regular kick drum, or a more open Djembe like tone. If you're unable to mic the kick, you won't be able to hear the low resonant tone coming out of the drum, and thus the drum won't quite be convincing as kick, plus it won't be loud enough to be heard over the band.
Here's the setup:
Here's a closeup of the Kick Rod:
And here is a close up of the bracket:
In the coming weeks, I'll be traveling with this band to Kansas City, Philadelphia, Dallas, Orlando, Baltimore and Los Angeles. If you are interested in seeing this set up close, let me know and hopefully we can meet up when I'm in your town!