Thomas Rhett has been putting in his time on the road opening for acts including Blake Shelton, Pat Green and Brantley Gilbert. This summer, he'll open for Toby Keith on the Live in Overdrive tour.

The 22-year old, whose first single, "Something to Do With My Hands" is climbing the charts, has already learned the three things never to leave home without: "Clean underwear, clean socks and Twizzlers," Thomas tells The Boot.

He also learned the hard way that he should always travel with something warm. "We were playing in Illinois one night and we had to stop at a gas station," he says. "All I had was a T-shirt, so I bought this disgusting hoodie and that saved me for like four days from freezing!"

Opening for Toby will be the fulfillment of a dream for Thomas, but also on his wish list is supporting Eric Church.

"He's one of those guys who's always been a huge influence in the way that I write music and play," Thomas says. "That's all I listened to in high school ... Eric Church [songs] were my spring break anthems in high school and college. I really admire his writing style and the energy he performs with."

Speaking of college, Thomas says the best advice his father, hit songwriter Rhett Akins, gave him that he ignored was to stay in school. "Dad did not want me to drop out of college and I did and here I am. I don't know if it was good of me not to take that advice. I'm still trying to figure that out."

Toby Keith's Live in Overdrive tour begins June 14 in Salt Lake City. Keep track of the tour schedule here.