See it HERE- LINK); 3) bungee cord; and 4) four prussick loops for my diamond tarp shelter setup (See more HERE- LINK). In addition to those four items I will usually have the following: A) 5' tarred bank line; B) 15' #36 tarred bank line; C) 25' #36 tarred bank line; D) 50' #36 tarred bank line; E) Some length of Jute twine varies from 5'-25' as pictured here; F) 50' paracord if I decide not to carry the bank line; G) 200-500' 1/2" Bluewater static life safety rope (only if I expect to be climbing or rappelling); and H) 75'-200' 8mm cord (also for climbing with single person load and easier to pack).
1) Ability to hold up to heat: The tar on bank line increases the cordage's ability to hold up to heat and flame compared to paracord which will melt and jute twine which will quickly combust. So why is this a key feature for survival/woodcraft/etc.? Nearly everything you make will be subject to heat aside from your shelter/traps. This cordage is perfect for tripods, signal fire sets, cooking setups, pulling a bottle out of the fire and tying twig bundles.
2) Ability to hold up to weather: The tarring on bank line also helps prevent rotting which makes it ideal for building long term shelters and water based trapping (trot lines, turtle trapping, bank based trapping, etc.). I have found it will last season to season for shelters where as paracord bases shelters will usually not make it to the next spring.
3) Better for Trapping: I generally have much better luck using bank line for all types of trapping as opposed to paracord and I believe this is because the color blends much better than the inner strands of bright white paracord and also because the knots tend to cinch down getter for snares.
4) More Secure Knots: This is both a major plus and a quasi downfall. Once you tie a knot in bank line and cinch it down expect it to be there...... forever. Knots are very difficult to remove from bank line so its a good thing its cheap and is sold by the pound. If you prefer to reuse your cordage over and over this stuff isn't for you. Learn hitches, tension less tie-offs and other means of securing the load.
5) Much lighter/less bulk- You are able to carry nearly double the amount of bank line as opposed to paracord while only sacrificing 200 lbs of strength. So if you are not planning on securing 350+ lbs loads then you will be very happy with bank line.