Sometimes, when you need to pack for just a few days, it can be impossible to get started - just to get that first garment off of a hanger and into a bag. One idea I've had for giving impetus and focus to this project is to start with a favorite scarf of two, and to build a mostly-neutral wardrobe around it. A few brightly colored garments brighten things up, and give you a lot of mileage for just a few things, in a small bag.
Hermès silk scarf, Black UK cashmere shawl
Tee shirt - Hugo, cardigan – Patagonia, earrings – Lele Sadoughi, watch – Movado, pants – L.L.Bean, loafers – Objects in Mirror, tote bag – Gucci, suitcase - Tumi