Living in a bus ain't pretty, but Taylor Swift has a couple of simple strategies to keep from feeling totally gross. "It's all about practicality," says the teen country star, who's opening for Rascal Flatts this fall. "I have daily contacts that you can just toss out, and I make sure I have standard shampoo and conditioner and makeup from, like, Wal-Mart, because I've learned that I will lose my makeup." Swift's second album is due out in November, and she says she's especially stoked to perform her new "You Belong with Me." "It's about being in love with your best friend," Swift says, "but he doesn't see it, because he's in love with a snobby, ridiculous, overrated girl."
This is a story from the October 2, 2008 issue of Rolling Stone.